Feature - International / UK premiere

King of Devil’s Island (Kongen Av Bastoy)

  • Marius Holst /
  • Norway /
  • 2010 /
  • 115 mins

Stellan Skarsgård, Kristoffer Joner, Benjamin Helstad, Trond Nilssen / Fiction / Norwegian

A group of young inmates fight for their right to freedom.

Based on a true story of the brutal uprising at Bastoy reform school for underprivileged boys, this snowbound epic is literally steeped in tragedy. Stellan Skarsgård plays the condescending school governor who turns a blind eye to obvious abuse whilst administering brutal punishment to his unfortunate young charges. The stunning cinematography and expertly observed period detail add real authenticity and the performances (by mainly non-professional actors) are excellent.

2011 Archive

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  • 25 June, 20:15 at Cameo 1

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  • #1 M Kelly / Monday 20 June, 2011 / 12:58 GMT

    Wow, don't go if you need cheering up. But a really good portrayal of life in an institution where the staff don't care about what is best for the boys - or believe they are providing it in the worst way possible.

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