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The Distant Barking of Dogs

Simon Lereng WILMONT

86min Denmark 2017 Korean Premiere

#전쟁 # 어린이 # 휴먼


Ten-year-old Oleg lives in the eastern part of Ukraine — a warzone that often echoes with antiaircraft fire and missile strikes. Sometimes these sounds are in the distance, while other times theyminre frighteningly close. While many have already left this dangerous area, Oleg remains with his grandmother, who has taken care of him since the death of his mother. They have nowhere else to go. While waiting for the war to end, Oleg enjoys hanging out with his younger cousin Yarik and the older boy Kostia.


Simon Lereng WILMONT

Simon graduated as a documentary film director from The National Danish Film School in 2009. His film Above Ground, Beneath the Sky(2008) won Best Short Film at Vision Du Reel and Best International Documentary at Vienna Film Academy International Film Festival. His previous films The Fencing Champion(2014) and Chikara – The Sumo Wrestler’s Son(2013) both premiered at IDFA, won the Jury Award for Medium length Documentary and Best Short Children Documentary Award at Al Jazeera Film Festival 2015.

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  • E영어 대사
  • NES비영어 대사 + 영어자막
  • GV감독과의 대화
  • ST스페셜 토크
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  • Class / Caption / EventGuide


    • EEnglish Dialogue
    • NESNon-English Dialogue+English Subtitles
    • GVGuest Visit
    • STSpecial Talk
  • Book
  • EBS 1TV 2018-08-25   |   21시 50분 12 NES
  • MEGABOX Ilsan-Bellacitta The Boutique 102 2018-08-22   |   13시 30분 12 NES 예매하기
  • LOTTE CINEMA Hongdae 1 2018-08-23   |   19시 30분 12 NES GV 예매하기
  • EIDF Outdoor Screening 2018-08-25   |   21시 00분 12 NES


Set in Eastern Ukraine on the frontline of the war, the film observes the everyday life of a 10-year-old boy and his grandmother. Together they chop firewood, prepare meals and visit the grave of the boy's mother. Life in the beginning of the film is already permeated with death and war, but continues nonetheless. Apart from the opening sequence, no other scene in the film directly shows the war situation. However, we get a strong sense of what it is like to live in a war-torn area. Living in a house located close to the frontline, their lives are fraught with tension and anxiety. We witness the impact of war on everyday life, and note the constant sound of gunfire, the departure of the villagers one by one, the disintegration of the area into rubble, and, above all, the boy's changing facial expressions. He no longer dreams of anything. It is evident from his face and body that he only keeps breathing to endure the present with no hope for the future, and that his protectors are either leaving or becoming ill from the fear of war. The film paints a frighteningly close and realistic portrait of the impact of war on people. It doesn't just inform us about the ultimate outcome of war, but makes us confront and feel it. (LEE Seung Min)

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