Official Selection


by Dag Johan Haugerud
Norway, Sweden, 2019, 157', color, DCP
Screenplay: Dag Johan Haugerud
Thursday 29 August 2019
20:00 Sala Pasinetti Press, Industry
Tuesday 03 September 2019
16:30 Sala Perla Tickets, All Accreditations
Followed by Q&A
Friday 06 September 2019
19:15 Sala Perla 2 All Accreditations


Øystein Mamen
Jens Christian Fodstad
Arnaud Fleurent-Didier
Peder Kjellsby
Gisle Tveito
production design
Tuva Hölmebakk
Ida Toft

Henriette Steenstrup
Jan Gunnar Röise
Thorbjörn Harr
[Per Erik Lundemo]
Brynjar Bandlien
Andrea Bræin Hovig
[Eva, Lykke's Mother]
Hans Olav Brenner
[Sigurd, Lykke's Father]
Anne Marit Jacobsen
Ella Øverbye

Yngve Sæther
Motlys A/S

Erik Hemmendorff
Tomas Eskilson
Plattform Produktion
Film i Väst
with the support of
The Norwegian Film Institute

world sales
Picture Tree International

press office
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+46 763 769933

When crisis strikes we reveal our true colors. Beware of Children traces the dramatic aftermath of a tragic event in a middle class suburb of Oslo. During a break at school 13-year-old Lykke, the daughter of a prominent Labour Party member, seriously injures her classmate Jamie, the son of a high profile right-wing politician. When Jamie later dies in hospital, contradictory versions of what actually happened risks making a difficult and traumatic situation worse. Was it only innocent play? Liv, the school's principal and the secret lover of Jamie's father, must find the strength to confront a community in distress, and her own highly conflicted emotions.



2019 Barn (Beware of Children)
2014 Det er meg du vil ha (I'm the One You Want)
2012 Som du ser meg (I Belong)
2006 Tröbbel (Trouble, short)
2005 Thomas Hylland Eriksen og historien om origamijenta
(The Professor and the Story of the Origami Girl)
2000 Utukt (Lust, short) 
1998 16 levende klisjeer (16 Living Clichés, short) 

Dag Johan Haugerud was educated as a librarian and then graduated with a degree in film studies from Stockholm University. He also studied dramaturgy at the University of Oslo and creative writing at Telemark University College. He has worked as a journalist and dramatist for various dance and theater companies. He has also published four novels, Noe med natur (1999), Den som er veldig sterk, må også være veldig snill (2002), Hva jeg betyr (2011) and Enkle atonale stykker for barn (2016). He made his debut as a film director with the short 16 Living Clichés in 1998. I Belong (2012), Haugerud's feature film debut, was awarded the Norwegian Critics' Prize and four Norwegian Amanda awards.

"What happens to a local community when a child kills another child? What is it like to be a child in Scandinavia today, and what does having children entail? What do we expect from our kids, and what kind of position do we want children to have in our society? Today we consider childhood both as something intrinsic and precious, and as a transitional phase on the way to adulthood. We are concerned about giving our kids a safe and meaningful adolescence where we allow them to be children, while at the same time we want to make them equipped for adulthood. Quite often these interests are conflicting. The wishes and ideals that control our considerations and decisions are a question of both human perspectives and politics; with answers that quite often divide the population. Besides family, school is the one institution that implements and executes the wishes and ideals we have for our children's upbringing. The educational system is crucial to the kind of society we want to have, which makes it an arena under constant pressure from parents, ideologists and politicians alike. The school's staff navigate conflicting interests from the outside world on a daily basis, at the same time as they are obliged to take each pupil's individual needs into consideration." [Dag JohanHaugerud]

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