When 12-year-old Reshat looks around, he sees the oil fields of Azerbaijan. When he looks up dreamily, he sees pigeons flying to heaven. He misses his father, who died a year ago, and who also loved these birds. Reshat cautiously approaches the best pigeon keeper in the village. Will he teach him to train pigeons? Reshat plays with his friends, visits his father’s grave, looks at old photos with his grandmother and does his homework because his mother tells him to. But he prefers to be with the pigeon keeper. While Reshat is learning all about pigeons, he discovers what he really wants.
Simon Lereng Wilmont
Born in 1975. Graduated as a documentary film director from the National Film School of Denmark in 2009. Holds a BA in Japanese.He directed his first long documentary, "Travelling with Mr. T" (2012), with Andreas Dalsgaard. The two short documentaries, "Chikara – The Sumo Wrestler's Son" (2014) and "The Fencing Champion" (2014), premiered at IDFA. 'The Distant Barking of Dogs' (2017) won the award for Best First Appearance at its world premiere at IDFA. The film has also won a number of other awards at prominent festivals, including at Göteborg and Thessaloniki.