A House Made of Splinters
Simon LERENG WILMONT Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Ukraine 87 mins PG13 (Some Coarse Language) Asian Premiere
A sobering window into the little lives and high hopes of three children seeking refuge at a temporary shelter in eastern Ukraine.
Close to the frontlines of the war in Donbas sits a shelter for children in limbo. With their families broken up by all kinds of conflict, social workers like Irina strive to ensure they are cared for. For the nine months they are allowed to stay at the shelter, each child searches for their own semblance of belonging, love and normalcy.
The candid vulnerability of Eva, Sasha and Kolya in front of the camera lends to small, intimate moments of hurt and resilience, revealing a painful maturity that belies their tender age. Filmed before Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine earlier this year, this sensitive portrait of young lives upended by the spectre of war is ever more poignant and resonant today.
Simon LERENG WILMONT
Danish documentary filmmaker Simon LERENG WILMONT’s oeuvre includes Traveling with Mr. T (2012) and The Distant Barking of Dogs (2017), which won the Golden Alexander for Best Documentary at Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. A House Made of Splinters took home the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award at Sundance Film Festival.