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King of Devil's Island

Kongen av Bastøy
Director: Marius Holst

Norway, France, Sweden, Poland, Action, drama, 2010, 120 min, norwegian with lithuanian subtitles
Norwegian winter, year 1915. On the island Bastøy, located in the Oslo fjord, there is the Bastøy Boys Home, part boarding-school, part correctional institution, where a group of delinquent, young boys live. The boys’ daily regime is run by the principal (Stellan Skarsgård), who believes manual labor, rigid discipline, and harsh punishment are the only methods of education, and the guards who bestow both mental and physical abuse on them. So instead of the boys being straightened out with education they end up being used as cheap labour. The boys attempt to survive by adapting to their inhumane conditions. One day a new boy, 17-year-old Erling (Benjamin Helstad), arrives with his own agenda to escape from the island. How far is he willing to go in order to get his freedom? His bravery encourages the rest of the boys to fight for their living conditions. When a tragic incident takes place, Erling leads his comrades into a violent uprising. Based on true events, “King of Devil's Islandˮ is a dramatic story on friendship and unflinching human spirit, revealing the painful history beneath the polite facade of modern Norwegian society.
 
Awards: 
 
2011 – Best feature, Best score Awardsand Best Supporting Male Actor Award for Trond Nilssen at the Amanda Awards (Haugesund, Norway).
2011 – “Lübecker Nachrichtenˮ Audience Prize for Best Film & NDR’s Best Feature Award at the Lübeck Nordic Film Days (Germany).
2011 – Audience Award at the 4+1 Film Festival (Madrid, Spain).
2011 – The Golden Palm Award at the “Mostra De Valenciaˮ International Film Festival (Spain) 
2011 – Kodak Nordic Vision Award For Best Cinematographer at the Göteborg International Film Festival (Sweden).
 
About the director: 
 
Norwegian filmmaker, producer and screenwriter Marius Holst was born in 1965 in Oslo, Norway. He studied at the International Film School in London, his graduation film “Visiting Hoursˮ (Besøkstid, 1990) was nominated for the Best Short Film Award at the prestigious Amanda Awards (Norway). M. Holst gained international success with his full-length feature debut “Cross My Heart and Hope To Dieˮ (Ti kniver i hjertet, 1994), which was nominated for the Golden Bear Award and won the Blue Angel Award at the Berlin International Film Festival (Germany). In 1998 M. Holst and norwegian director Pål Sletaune co-founded film production company “4 ½ Filmˮ. Since then he has made numerous award-winning commercials. In 2001 M. Holst returned to the filmmaking with the films “Dragonflyˮ (Øyenstikker, 2001), “Bastardˮ (Kjøter, 2006) and “Mirushˮ (Blodsbånd, 2007). “King of Devil's Islandˮ is director‘s latest feature film, acclaimed by both critics and audiences all over the world.
Section: Learning from Cinema

Screenplay: Dennis Magnusson

Dir. of Photography: John Andreas Andersen

Music: Johan Söderqvist

Cast: Stellan Skarsgård, Kristoffer Joner, Benjamin Helstad, Trond Nilssen