The third in Indy Film Fest's Spring Film Series, King of Devil's Island was named best film at Norway's Amanda Awards, and has screened in Chicago, Seattle, Rotterdam and Edmonton Film Festivals.
About the film: This true story of the infamous Bastøy Boys Home correctional facility in Norway begins with the arrival of seventeen-year-old Erling, a rumored murderer. He immediately clashes with the island facility's governor (Stellan Skarsgård), who believes manual labor, rigid discipline, and harsh punishment are the only methods that can turn the boys into honorable members of society. Refusing to accept the constant abuse, Erling slowly rouses the rest of the boys out of their resigned existence, and encourages them to fight to lift up their spirits. When tragedy finally falls at the hand of the sadistic dorm master, Erling leads his comrades in a courageous and vicious rebellion that will bring them head to head with no less than the Norwegian Army. dir. Marius Holst / Norway 2011 / Color / 120 min / in Norwegian with English subtitles
"Holst gives the proceedings a fresh look, thanks to sturdy acting, direction and cinematography."
-V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"As the stone-faced and venal governor, Skarsgard is excellent. So is Helstad as Erling, the film's strong, if tragic hero."
-Michael O'Sullivan, The Washington Post
"A brooding, evocative Norwegian juvie-hell drama set in 1915..."
-Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice
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