King of Devil's Island

King of Devil's Island

Stellan Skarsgård
Director: Marius Holst Cast: Stellan Skarsgård
Stellan Skarsgård
, Kristoffer Joner
Kristoffer Joner
, Benjamin Helstad
Benjamin Helstad
Marius Holst


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As a rule, many tend to think of Norway as a neutral country with a passive military. But in a couple of historical instances, the Norwegian army engaged in acts of controversial brutality by opening fire on innocent locals. This sweeping epic drama from director Marius Holst recreates one such tragedy. The year is 1915; the place is a remote fjord just outside of Oslo, where an institution called the Bastoy Boys' Home is situated. Functioning as both a residence for youths from dysfunctional or impoverished homes and a reform school, it is guilty of routine acts of sadistic brutality meted out for even the most inconsequential of crimes, such as pilfering money from a church collection plate. It also operates according to a warped and twisted deviation of evangelical Christianity that involves viscerally abusing young charges into becoming faithful believers. Perhaps most unbearable is the atmosphere of extreme dehumanization: Administrators rob the boys of their names and tag them with arbitrary numbers. As the story opens, a newcomer arrives -- a whaler named Erling (Benjamin Helstad), who is alleged to have committed homicide. In no time at all, he stirs up trouble wherever he goes, as he does battle with the school governor (Stellan Skarsgard), confronts the sexually abusive dorm master (Kristoffer Joner), and expands the horizons of sincere but troubled dorm leader Olav (Trond Nilssen). Before long, Erling drums up the spirit of revolution in the school hallways. Many of the boys are delighted to find a courageous leader who will help them stand up to injustice, but no one can anticipate the punishment that the government has in store for the hell-raisers.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/10/2012
UPC: 0616892166467
Original Release: 2010
Rating: NR
Source: Film Movement
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:56:00
Sales rank: 57,567

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stellan Skarsgård Governor/Bestyreren
Kristoffer Joner Brathen
Benjamin Helstad Erling
Trond Nilssen Olav
Kimmo Rajala Policeman
Ellen Dorrit Petersen Astrid
Magnus Langlete Ivar

Technical Credits
Marius Holst Director
Johannes Åhlund Co-producer,Producer
John Andreas Andersen Cinematographer
Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre Co-producer,Producer
Mathilde Dedye Co-producer,Producer
Tina Helmark Makeup
Karin Julsrud Producer
Michal Leszczylowski Editor
Dennis Magnusson Screenwriter
Hakon Overas Executive Producer
Turid Øversveen Executive Producer
Ewa Puszczynska Producer
Ewa Puszczynska Co-producer
Ewa Puszczynska Co-producer
Tormod Ringnes Sound/Sound Designer
Pias Semb Executive Producer
Aagot Skjeldal Executive Producer
Pal Sletaune Executive Producer
Johan Söderqvist Score Composer
Morten Solum Sound/Sound Designer
Janusz Sosnowski Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Katja Watkins Costumes/Costume Designer
Vibeke Widelov Executive Producer
Kristine Wilhelmsen Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- King of Devil's Island/Bale
1. Bastøy [8:25]
2. Day One [10:47]
3. A Letter [6:35]
4. Punishment [7:14]
5. Field Duties [11:11]
6. Returned [8:09]
7. Ivar's Chance [8:53]
8. Accusations [6:15]
9. Discharged [3:38]
10. Caged [9:43]
11. King of Bastøy [13:52]
12. Credits [15:26]

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