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(Variety) Beware Of Children Venice Days Entry

First Trailer Released for Venice Days Entry 'Beware of Children' (EXCLUSIVE)



Variety has been given exclusive access to the first trailer for Dag Johan Haugeruds ' politically and socially charged drama "Beware of Children," which premieres as part of the Venice Film Festival 's Venice Days section.

The pic, which is being sold at Venice by Picture Tree Intl., Features the dramatic aftermath of a tragic incident in a middle-class suburb in Oslo. During a school break, the 13-year-old daughter of a Socialist member of parliament accidentally suffered the death of a classmate, the son of a high-profile right-wing politician.

The school's staff and parents must navigate this traumatic situation, which is made more difficult by the web of relationships that link them, and their conflicted loyalties and secrets.

The film is Haugerud's second feature after his debut, "I Belong," which won the award for best picture at the Amandas, Norway's national film awards, in 2012. It is produced by Motlys, the company behind Joachim Trier's Cannes 2015 competition title " Louder Than Bombs. "Arthaus wants to handle Norwegian distribution.

Saether, who produced "I Belong," said Variety , "What attracted me first was when we were in difficult situations, not always able to take the responsibility we should. "

He added: "For me, in the end, 'Beware of Children' is about a group of adults trying hard to behave as decent people."

The members of the cast ensemble, which includes Henriette Steenstrup, Jan Gunnar Roise and Thorbjorn Harr, deliver compelling yet deftly nuanced performances. When it comes to the right-wing politician - especially when it comes to him, because he's hard to like, "Saether says. "I think the times are polarized and the film gives us an example of how this turns out in everyday life."

Saaker, who compares the tone of Haugerud's films to that of French filmmakers, as Eric Rohmer, says of the Norwegian writer and director: "He is funny without trying to be funny because the humor is in an impossible situation and dilemmas, and all this goes back to the way we communicate or mis-communicate - from being able to say exactly what we want to say. This has been at the core of his books and films all the way back to when we met in the late '80s. "

An important aspect to the film is the relationship between adult and children. "He can see how difficult it is for kids to stay kids when we grow up. Often we treat them as friends and this can be very nice, but it can be difficult for the relationship, "Saether says.

Motlys' slate includes Maria Sodahl's "Hope," starring Stellan Skarsgard and set for a fall premiere; the internationally successful drama series "Home Ground," about a woman's coaching a men's soccer team; and Yngvild Sve Flikke's comedy "The Art of Falling," based on the graphic novel "Fallteknikk," which shoots in October.

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