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.
by Dag Johan Haugerud
with Jan Gunnar Røise, Thorbjørn Harr, Siri Forberg, Birgitte Larsen
Norway 2024 Norwegian 125’ Colour World premiere


  • Jan Gunnar Røise (Chimney Sweeper)
  • Thorbjørn Harr (CEO)
  • Siri Forberg (Chimey Sweeper’s Wife)
  • Birgitte Larsen (CEO’s Wife)


Director Dag Johan Haugerud
Screenplay Dag Johan Haugerud
Cinematography Cecilie Semec
Editing Jens Christian Fodstad
Music Peder Capjon Kjellsby
Sound Design Gisle Tveito, Yvonne Stenberg
Sound Helge Bodøgaard
Production Design Tuva Hølmebakk
Costumes Ida Toft
Make-Up Maren Anna Olstad
Casting Celine Engebrigtsen
Producers Yngve Sæther, Hege Hauff Hvattum
Executive Producers Espen Osmundsen, Kari Moen Kristiansen, Tanya Nanette Yildiz Badendyck
Co-Production Viaplay Group Oslo

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.


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

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024