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King of Devil's Island (2010)

Kongen av Bastøy (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 17 December 2010 (Norway)
Norwegian winter, early 20th century. On the boys home Bastoy, a new inmate leads the boys to a violent uprising against a brutal regime. How far is he willing to go to attain freedom?

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Marius Holst

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Mette M. Bølstad (story), Lars Saabye Christensen (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Benjamin Helstad ... Erling / C-19
Trond Nilssen ... Olav / C-1
Stellan Skarsgård ... Bestyrer Håkon
Kristoffer Joner ... Husfar Bråthen
Magnus Langlete Magnus Langlete ... Ivar / C-5
Morten Løvstad Morten Løvstad ... Øystein (as Morten Strøm)
Daniel Berg Daniel Berg ... Johan
Odin Gineson Brøderud Odin Gineson Brøderud ... Axel
Magnar Botten Magnar Botten ... Lillegutt
Markus Brustad Markus Brustad ... Jan
Agnar Jeger Holst Agnar Jeger Holst ... Arne
Tommy Jakob Håland Tommy Jakob Håland ... Terje
Richard Safin Richard Safin ... Eirik
Frank-Thomas Andersen Frank-Thomas Andersen ... Gårdsgutt Bjarne (as Frank-Thomas H. Andersen)
Arne Brønstad Arne Brønstad ... Husfar Kjell
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Based on a true story: Norwegian winter, early 20th century. On the island Bastoy, located in the Oslo fjord live a group of delinquent, young boys aged 11 to 18. The boys daily, sadistic regime is run by the guards and the principal who bestow both mental and physical abuse on them. Instead of the boys being straightened out with education they end up being used as cheap, manual labor. The boys attempt to survive by adapting to their inhumane conditions. One day a new boy, Erling (17), arrives with his own agenda; how to escape from the island. How far is he willing to go in order to get his freedom? Written by JRN

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Action | Drama

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Norwegian | Swedish

Release Date:

17 December 2010 (Norway) See more »

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King of Devil's Island See more »

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Budget:

NOK 54,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$554, 16 December 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,166, 5 February 2012
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| (Extended Edition)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Based on true events that occurred on the Norwegian prison island of Bastoy in 1915. See more »

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The movie grossly exaggerates the size of the lead ship of the Norwegian Navy at the time.

As the boys are trying to escape the island, at about 1 hour 34 minutes, the Battleship "Norge" appears in the fog. The "Norge" was a small 300 ft pre-dreadnought - significantly smaller than modern day Frigate. If one assumes that the men seen on deck, are about 1.7 meters tall, the ship in the movie is more than 3 times as large as the actual "Norge" - comparable to a modern day Aircraft Carrier. See more »

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Bestyreren: You are accused of fornication with a child. Do you understand what that means?
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Sigur 1 (Untitled)
Performed by Sigur Rós
Music & Lyrics by Kjartan Sveinsson, Jon Thor Birgisson, Georg Holm, Orri P. Dyrason
Universal Music Publishing Scandinavia AB
(P) 2002 FatCat Records
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'Escape is only a fantasy here.' An Exceptional Film On Every Level
27 February 2012 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

KING OF DEVIL'S ISLAND (Kongen av Bastøy) is an experience more than a film. It dares to take the viewer where all is black and white, emotionally and visually, and while the film is shot in color, the only moment of color in this dark, atmospherically eerie snow bound island boys prison is the occasional blood and fire that creates even more of an impact because of the bleak screen that serves as background for the story. Based on a true story by Mette M. Bølstad and Lars Saabye Christensen and adapted for the screen by Dennis Magnusson and Eric Schmid, the fine cast is directed by Marius Holst.

In 1915 on the island Bastøy, located in the Oslo fjord, live a group of delinquent, young boys aged 11 to 18 in the Bastøy Boys Reform School. The boys daily, sadistic regime is run by the guards and Governor Bestyreren (Stellan Skarsgård) who is stern but seemingly fair in his management of the reform school (his wife lives with him in an opulent manner). But the Housemaster, a smarmy pedophile names Master Bråthen (Kristoffer Joner), is cruel and malicious and bestows both mental and physical abuse on the boys: the boys are used for cheap manual labor rather than being schooled and 'corrected' to return to society. The boys attempt to survive by adapting to their inhumane conditions. One day a new 17 year old boy, Erling who is assigned the 'name' C19 (Benjamin Helstad), arrives with his own agenda: how to escape from the island. How far is he willing to go in order to get his freedom? There is a stalwart lad Ivar/C5 (Magnus Langlete) who is due for release and a rather frail lad Olav/C1 (Trond Nilssen) who falls victim to the Master: these lads are C19's colleagues. After a tragic incident takes place, Erling ends up forced into the destinies of the other boys by leading them into a violent uprising. Once the boys manage to take over Bastøy 150 government soldiers are sent in to restore order. How he maneuvers the escape fantasy brings a surprising ending to the story.

The acting is first rate from a fine group of young actors. The cinematography is by John Andreas Andersen and the haunting musical score is by Johan Söderqvist. In Norwegian with English subtitles. A moody, deeply moving work. Grady Harp, February 12


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