A HOUSE MADE OF SPLINTERS
by Simon Lereng Wilmont
In this poignant and deeply intimate documentary three kids temporarily removed from their parents find friendship and flickers of hope inside the worn walls of a remarkable orphanage in Eastern Ukraine, as a group of dedicated social workers create moments of joy and respite from childhoods all but lost.
Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Ukraine
Directed by Simon Lereng Wilmont
Produced by Monica Hellström – Final Cut for Real
Co-Produced by Sami Jahnukainen – Donkey Hotel, Tobias Janson – STORY, Darya Bassel – Vika Khomenko, Moon Man
In coproduction with MDR/Arte
In association with BBC Storyville
With the support of DR, SVT, Yle, Vpro, RUV, RTV Slovenia, VRT, RTS, VGTV, ERR
Supported by Danish Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute, Finnish Film Foundation, AVEK, Nordic Film & TV Fond, Ukrainian State Film Agency, Creative Europe: TV Programming, IMS
Cinematography by Simon Lereng Wilmont
Line Producer & Assistant Director: Azad Safarov
Editor: Michael Aaglund
Sound Design: Heikki Kossi, Pietu Korhorhonen, Peter Albrectsen, Sune Kaarsberg
Composer: Uno Helmersson
DIRECTOR - SIMON LERENG WILMONT
Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Simon graduated as a Documentary Film Director from The National Film School of Denmark in 2009. His first feature documentary film The Distant Barking of Dogs (2017), premiered at IDFA, and was awarded Best First Appearance. It has since gone on to win 35+ awards worldwide, among them the McBaine Documentary Feature Award at San Francisco’s SFFILM Festival, it was nominated for a European Film Award (2018), an Emmy (2020), and shortlisted for an Academy Award (2019). The film also won a Peabody Award (2020). As a director, his films include Dormitory Master (2009), Above Ground, Beneath the Sky (2008), Chikara – The Sumo Wrestler’s Son (2013) and The Fencing Champion (2014).
PRODUCER - MONICA HELLSTROM
Monica Hellström is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was selected for Producer on the Move, Cannes 2020 and was awarded the prestigious ‘Ib award’ by the Danish Board of Film Directors in 2022. She started her company Ström Pictures in May 2022 and has before that been a producer at Final Cut for Real since 2010 and previously worked at Upfront Films and The Danish Film Institute's Film Workshop. She graduated from EAVE Producer Workshop in 2010, holds an MA in film from the University of Copenhagen (DK) and a BA in film from the University of Bedfordshire (UK).
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"Extraordinary access... Thrilling... It's as if a Frederick Wiseman film had been reimagined by William Blake."
- A.O. Scott, New York Times
- Guy Lodge, Variety
- Jack Seale, The Guardian
"The trust Wilmont – who acted as his own cinematographer – builds with the children is nothing short of remarkable. Every minute we spend with them feels unguarded and natural, whether it’s the look of quiet resignation when a mother fails to pick up the phone or the almost magical joyous immediacy of a sparkler in the dark."
- Amber Wilkinson, Screen Daily
"This is a delicately observed film that affords its subjects empathy and respect."
- Pat Mullen, POV Magazine