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A House Made of Splinters

Directed by Simon Lereng Wilmont
87 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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A heart-tugging doco filmed in pre-invasion Ukraine from the director of The Distant Barking of Dogs (SFF, 2018). Directing Award, World Cinema Documentary, Sundance 2022.
Not far from Eastern Ukraine’s front line, a small group of indefatigable social workers run a temporary refuge for neglected youngsters. The children are obliged to stay at the rundown shelter for around nine months, until the courts have determined their fate. From the first scenes where a motherly figure gently wakes a roomful of slumbering kids, we’re swept into a world of comfort and routine. When the children speak of trauma, substance abuse and violence, the dedicated staff are always on hand to provide care and support. Danish director Simon Lereng Wilmont’s follow-up to his Oscar-nominated debut movingly reveals the impact of neglect and conflict on these young souls, ultimately giving voice to each child.
In the wake of Russia’s attack on Ukraine, Danish producer Monica Hellström (Flee, SFF 2021) and Sundance-winning helmer Simon Lereng Wilmont have joined forces to support the evacuation of some of the subjects portrayed in their Oscar-shortlisted documentary The Distant Barking of Dogs (SFF, 2018). Meanwhile, the children at the shelter that was the focus of A House Made of Splinters… have also been evacuated to a safer area after facing a bombing threat.
Elsa Keslassy, Variety
A House Made of Splinters nourishes hope in an at times hopeless war.
Robert Daniels, RogerEbert.com
With a camera that feels both urgent and unassuming, Wilmont proves he's unambiguously earned the trust of his tiny subjects of colossal worries – a feat on so many different levels that concerns both outstanding filmmaking and exemplary humanism.
Tomris Laffly, Harper’s Bazaar


Sun 12 Jun
State Theatre
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Fri 17 Jun
Palace Norton Street
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Sun 19 Jun
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 1
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Program Strand
International Documentaries
Unclassified 15+
In Ukrainian and Russian with English subtitles
Simon Lereng Wilmont
Monica Hellström
Simon Lereng Wilmont
Michael Aaglund
Australian Premiere
Documentary, Scandinavia, Festival Award Winners, Human Rights, Politics & Economics
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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