In this war-worn and impoverished corner of Eastern Ukraine where addiction casts a long shadow, there sits a safe haven for children temporarily removed from their parents. A House Made of Splinters follows three kids awaiting their fate— will they go back or move on to a new home while a group of dedicated social workers create small moments of joy and respite from childhoods all but lost.

Filmmaker Simon Lereng Wilmont returns with a follow-up to his acclaimed first feature, The Distant Barking of Dogs, offering a unique look into how the long-term consequences of war on a society already under strain impacts the most vulnerable. His is a poignant and deeply intimate portrait of a remarkable way station filled with care, support, and trust for a group of kids who are in desperate need of more. A House Made of Splinters has been nominated for an Academy Award in 2023 in the Documentary Feature Film category.

As part of New Nordic Cinema Voices, a new event entirely dedicated to contemporary cinema from the Nordic countries and in collaboration with the Le Bicolore, the contemporary art platform of the House of Denmark, Institut finlandais is organising a screening of the film A House Made of Splinters by director Simon Lereng Wilmont, in its auditorium on 23 March 2023 at 7pm. Opening at 6:45 pm.

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Director: Simon Lereng Wilmont
Producer: Monica Hellström
Photo: Simon Lereng Wilmont
Editor: Michael Aaglund
Music: Uno Helmersson
Sound: Pietu Korhonen
Visual effects: Anders V. Christensen, Martin Hultmann

Documentary, Denmark, Sweden, Ukraine, 87’, 2022, VOSTEN