A House Made of Splinters
Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Ukraine
Simon Lereng Wilmont
An Eastern Ukrainian town exhausted by the war has a safe shelter for children temporarily separated from their parents. A House Made of Splinters tells the stories of three children waiting for their fate to be decided: whether they will return to their old homes or move to new ones. Meanwhile, selfless social workers give moments of joy and calm to the children, bringing them back to their childhood that has almost been lost. Following the success of his first feature-length documentary , Simon Lereng Wilmont returns to the subject of the long-term consequences of war and offers us to take a deeper look at how war affects the most vulnerable part of society. It is a poignant and deeply intimate portrait of a temporary shelter filled with attention, support and trust for the children who desperately need it.
FINAL CUT FOR REAL in co-production with DONKEY HOTEL, STORY, MOON MAN & MITTELDEUTSCHER RUNDFUNK, together with ARTE, involving BBC STORYVILLE/FILM. Thanks to support from the Danish Filmmaking Institute, Swedish Filmmaking Institute, Finnish Film Founda
CPH:DOX 2022, POLITIKEN:DOX Award; Göteborg Film Festival 2022, Dragon Award Best Nordic Documentary; Sundance Film Festival 2022 Winner Directing Award World Cinema; Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival 2022, FIPRESCI Prize; ZagrebDox 2022, Movies That Matter Award
Simon Lereng WilmontSimon Lereng Wilmont graduated as a documentary film director from the National Film School of Denmark in 2009. He holds a BA in Japanese. His film Above the Ground, Beneath the Sky won Best Short at Vision du Réel, Dormitory Master won the Gold Panda award at the Sichuan TV Festival. His first feature documentary, Travelling with Mr. T, was co-directed with Andreas Dalsgaard and nominated for a Nordic Dox Award. Wilmont has also directed the documentaries Chikara – The Sumo Wrestler’s Son, which was screened at a number of international festivals, and The Distant Barking of Dogs, which was selected for competition at IDFA.
FilmographyRamona's Journey (2004), Above the Ground, Beneath the Sky (2008), Dormitory Master (2009), Travelling with Mr. T (2012), Chikara – The Sumo Wrestler’s Son (2014)