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King of Devil's Island, The

Original title: Kongen av Bastøy
Norway, 2010

Director: Holst, Marius
Production company: 4 1/2 Fiksjon AS
Co-producers: St. Paul Film (Sweden), Opus Film (Poland), Mact Productions (France)
Age recommendation: 14 years and up

Synopsis:
Norwegian winter, early 20th century. On the island Bastøy, in the fjord of Oslo, a group of young outcast boys live under a sadistic regime. Mental and physical abuse is used by the guards and the superintendent to straighten the boys. Instead of being educated, the boys are used as cheap manual labour. Aged from 11 to 18, the boys survive by adapting to these inhuman conditions. They are rough, they negotiate and they buy and sell. One day, Erling, another young outcast arrives at the island, but he possesses a different agenda. In self-defence, he has beaten to death a military police officer and will be transferred to an adult prison next spring, leading to his certain death. Time is running out for Erling, he must accomplish the impossible – to escape from Bastøy – Devil’s Island.

Festivals:
Gøteborg 2011, Kristiansand 2011, Giffoni 2011 (awarded), Buster Copenhagen 2011, Hamburg 2011 (awarded), Lübeck 2011 (awarded)

World sales address/es:
Les Films du Losange (F)

Sold to:
Euforia (NO)
Alamode & Celluloid Dreams Germany (D)
Amstelfilm (NL)