Beware of Children

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    Beware of Children

    BARN

    Directed by

    Norway, Sweden

    2019

    157 min

    • Norwegian

    Drama

    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.

    Awards

    • Dragon Award Best Nordic Film - Göteborg FF
    • Dragon Award Best Acting for Henriette Steenstrup - Göteborg FF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Henriette Steenstrup
    Jan Gunnar Röise
    Thorbjörn Harr
    Brynjar Bandlien
    Andrea Bræin Hovig
    Hans Olav Brenner
    Anne Marit Jacobsen
    Ella Øverbye
    Screenplay
    Dag Johan Haugerud
    Cinematography
    Øystein Mamen
    Editing
    Jens Christian Fodstad
    Production
    MOTLYS A/S
    Sales
    PICTURE TREE INTERNATIONAL

    Press

    Meticulously unveiling layer after layer of seemingly random and clearly crucial details of the events, Haugerud introduces a group of very human human beings in the process.

    Jan Lumholdt, Cineuropa

    Dag Johan Haugerud

    Dag Johan Haugerud

    Norway

    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. His latest film, BEWARE OF CHILDREN (2019), premiered in Giornate degli Autori.

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