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King of Devil's Island (Kongen av Bastøy)

Norway, France, Sweden, Poland/Norwegian with English subtitles (115 mins)

Western Canada Premiere! 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.

Norwegian with English subtitles

Director

  • Marius Holst

Screenwriter

  • Dennis Magnusson
  • Eric Schmid

Cast

  • Benjamin Helstad
  • Kristoffer Joner
  • Morten Løvstad
  • Stellan Skarsgård
  • Trond Nilssen
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