Two chimney sweeps living in monogamous, heterosexual marriages both end up in situations that challenge their views on sexuality and gender roles. One has a sexual encounter with another man, without himself experiencing it either as an expression of homosexual longings or infidelity. The other suddenly experiences nocturnal dreams in which he is seen as a woman. This confuses and disturbs him. He begins to wonder to what extent the gaze of others shapes his personality and whether there are aspects of himself that he has suppressed, thereby limiting himself.
In Dag Johan Haugerud’s Sex, the chimney is swept before we get down to business. Whether hetero or homo, witty wordplay challenges normative images of men and society in modern urban Norway.


  • Runtime

    125 min
  • Country

  • Year of Presentation

  • Year of Production

  • Director

    Dag Johan Haugerud
  • Cast

    Jan Gunnar Røise, Thorbjørn Harr, Siri Forberg, Birgitte Larsen
  • Production Company

  • Berlinale Section

  • Berlinale Category

    Feature Film

dates of presentation

    1. Zoo Palast 1

      Hardenbergstraße 29A
      10623 Berlin

    1. Cubix 8

      Rathausstraße 1
      10178 Berlin

    1. Cubix 5

      Rathausstr. 1
      10178 Berlin

    2. Kino Zukunft

      Alt-Stralau 68
      10245 Berlin

    1. Colosseum 1

      Schönhauser Allee 123
      10437 Berlin

    1. Haus der Berliner Festspiele

      Schaperstraße 24
      10719 Berlin

    1. Cubix 5

      Rathausstr. 1
      10178 Berlin

Biography Dag Johan Haugerud

Born in 1964, the Norwegian writer and director won the Amanda Norwegian Film Prize for Best Film, Director, Screenplay and Female Supporting Role with Som du ser meg (I Belong, 2012). In 2019, his film Barn (Beware of Children) celebrated its international premiere at Venice and won the Dragon Award for Best Film and Best Actor at the Göteborg Film Festival as well as nine Amandas at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund.

Filmography Dag Johan Haugerud

2000 De syv dødsyndene (The 7 Deadly Sins) | 2005 Thomas Hylland Eriksen og historien om origamijenta (The Professor and the Story of the Origami Girl) | 2006 Trøbbel (Trouble) | 2012 Som du ser meg (I Belong) | 2014 Det er meg du vil ha (I Am the One You Want) | 2019 Barn (Beware of Children) | 2020 Lyset fra sjokoladefabrikken (The Light from the Chocolate Factory) | 2024 Sex