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Dag Johan Haugerud to film Beware of Children from September


- In his third feature, the Norwegian author-director looks at the effects of an accident, after a child kills another child

Dag Johan Haugerud to film Beware of Children from September
Norwegian author-director Dag Johan Haugerud (© Arthaus)

Norwegian author-director Dag Johan Haugerud is used to receiving prizes: his feature debut, I Belong (2012), won four Amandas, Norway’s national film prize, including Best Film, Best Original Screenplay and Best Director, and his latest novel, Easy Atonal Pieces for Children (2016), was awarded by the audiences of Norwegian broadcaster NRK. “He is one of our most exciting writers and filmmakers, who, with empathy, humour and sting, takes the temperature of the time we live in,” said Norwegian producer Yngve Sæther, of Oslo’s Motlys, who will produce his third feature, Beware of Children [+see also:
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, set to shoot from September. 

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In the film, 13-year-old Lykke, a pupil at a primary school in Oslo and the daughter of a Labour politician, kills one of her schoolmates, Jamie, the son of a high-profile right-wing politician, by accident. Norwegian actress Henriette Steenstrup (also in I Belong) will play the lead.

“As usual with Haugerud, the tone and style of the film will be easy and entertaining as we encounter teachers, parents and the local community, in spite of the serious theme,” added Sæther, who has received €1.2 million worth of production funding for the project from the Norwegian Film Institute.

“What happens when a child kills another child? Our ambition is for Children to become a film that makes us talk about what it means to be parents and children in today's society,” he concluded. Norwegian distributor Arthaus has scheduled the domestic premiere for the autumn of 2019.

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