King of Devil's Island

King of Devil's Island

Bestyreren (Stellan Skarsgard) and Erling (Benjamin Helstad)as seen in KING OF DEVIL'S ISLAND, a film directed by Marius Holst. Picture courtesy Film Movement. All rights reserved.

King of Devil's Island (2010/2011)

Opened: 11/18/2011 Limited

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Genre: Norwegian Drama (Norwegian w/English subtitles)

Rated: Unrated


This true story of the infamous Bastoy 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 Skarsgard), 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.

Director's Statement

14 years ago, I met a man who was once himself one of the boys on the island. This encounter drove me to pursue the story further, and it feels good that time has finally come to do that story justice. Based on a true story, in a not too distant past, "King of Devil's Island" is a timeless tale of injustice, repression and revolt. Moreover, it's a story about the evil that grows in institutions sealed off from the rest of the world, and how powerful regimes may spiral out of control. This is a dark, and not widely known, chapter in Norwegian history. Military force used against young civilians, has the potential of an epic and thrilling European drama, with both the tough, physical action of the story and its intimate portraits of the group of boys. The legend of the Bastoy Island, and what happened there, has haunted me through the years. From the first encounter I felt this was a story that begged to be made into film, thus exposing these unwanted boys' destinies.

-- Marius Holst, Director


Marius Holst (Director)

Holst was born in 1965 and graduated from the London International Film School in 1991. After graduation, Holst directed three feature films and several short films. He is in high demand among Norwegian commercial directors. His first feature Cross my heart and hope to die (1995), won the prestigious Blue Angel award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1995 and was nominated for the Golden Bear. His feature films are Mirush (2007), Dragonfly (2001), and Cross my heart and hope to die (1995).

Stellan Skarsgard (Governor Bestyreren)

Skarsgard is an internationally renowned actor, known widely in both his native Scandinavia and in the United States. Skarsgard started acting at a young age and has continued steadily, especially with auteur Lars von Trier, for whom he acted in three films including Dogville, and director Hans Petter Moland. He has been in numerous international box office hits and had a guest stint on HBO's Entourage. He will soon be seen in the much-anticipated The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Kristoffer Joner (Brathen)

Joner was born in 1972 and is a well known Norwegian actor. He was awarded the Shooting Star Award by the European Film Promotion in 2003 at the Berlin International Film Festival -- an annual award presented to ten young actors, whose winners include Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz.

Benjamin Helstad (Erling)

Helstad was born in 1987 and is a former student of the Oslo National Academy of Arts. He has been in both Body Troopers and Angel.

Trond Nilssen (Olav)

Nilssen was born 1990. He was found for KING OF DEVIL'S ISLAND following an extensive casting period that lasted over a year. He has proven to be a genuine film talent.