Oleg and the war (Kids version of The distant barking of dogs)

Director:  Simon Lereng Wilmont

Oleg and the War is the children’s version of the award winning film The Distant Barking of Dogs.

Ten-year-old Oleg lives in warzone Ukraine with his loving Grandmother. He often plays with his younger cousin Yarik and older neighbor Kostya. The children find joy in everyday adventures - constantly laughing, exploring, playing - doing what kids do. They don’t realize that their playgrounds are different from what other children have. They play in abandoned soldier warehouses, where mines and bullets scatter the floor. Instead of playing with a toy football, they play with a hardball gun. Oleg and his friends learn that their ‘toys’ can be dangerous, and their games might have real consequences.

This observational film follows a year in the life of Oleg, highlighting how children can still have fun despite frightening circumstances. Even though bombs scare the children, they learn to be brave and strong. By sticking close to Oleg, the film captures how Oleg adjusts to life in a warzone, becoming resilient and mature beyond his years.



Final Cut for Real – Producer Monica Hellström
monica@final-cut.dk - +45 26270275

Publicist Freddy Neumann
neumann@mail.dk - +45 20467846

Cinephil - Philippa Kowarsky
info@cinephil.co.il - +972 3 566 4129

Danish Film Institute - Anne Marie Kürstein


Duration: 40 min
Release: November 2018
Language: Ukrainian

Director: Simon Lereng Wilmont
Producer: Monica Hellström
Editor: Michael Aaglund
Cinematographer: Simon Lereng Wilmont
Sound designer: Pietu Korhonen, Heikki Kossi & Peter Albrechtsen
Composers: Uno Helmersson, Joaquin Garcia & Erik Enocksson
Graphic Designer: Martin Hultman
Colorist: Anders V. Christensen
Co-producers: Sami Jahnukainen - Mouka Filmi, Tobias Janson - Story,
Monika Lobkowicz & Sonja Scheider - Bayerischer Rundfunk & ARTE

Executive Producers: Philippa Kowarsky & Signe Byrge Sørensen

Produced by Final Cut for Real

Produced in association with

DR – Anders Bruus
DR Ultra – Jonas Kryger Hansen, Christoffer Viskum Ebbesen
SVT – Axel Arnö
Yle - Erkko Lyytinen
Yes/Docu - Guy Lavie
Estonian Public Broadcasting – Katrin Rajasaare

Produced with the support of

Danish Film Institute
Swedish Film Institute
Finnish Film Foundation "
Nordisk Film & TV Fond
The Sundance Film Institute
Open Society Foundations
JustFilms | Ford Foundation
Creative Europe
Danish Film Directors

DR2 and DRUltra