King of Devil's Island
directed by Marius Holst written by Dennis Magnusson director of photography John Andreas Andersen production design by Janusz Sosnowski costume design by Katja Watkins music by Johan Söderqvist edited by Michał Leszczyłowski produced by 4 ½ Film AS, MACT Productions, St Paul Film, Opus Film co-financed by The Polish Film Institute distributed by Alter Ego Pictures Sp. z o.o.
cast Stellan Skarsgård (Håkon), Benjamin Helstad (Erling), Trond Nilsen (Olav), Kristoffer Joner (Tor), Ellen Dorrit Petersen (Astrid)
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? 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 Bastoy 150 government soldiers are sent in to restore order.