King of Devil's Island

Directed by Marius Holst
Film Movement
115 Minutes
Coming of Age, Thriller, Action, Drama, Horror
Not Rated

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.

Director & Cast




  • "Haunting! Skarsgård is excellent as always and moody atmospherics enhance the conventional structure."
    Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
  • "Excellent! Marius Holst gives the proceedings a fresh look, thanks to his sturdy acting, direction and cinematography."
    V.A. Musetto, New York Post
  • "Conceptually ambitious...[KING OF DEVIL'S ISLAND] evokes a blood-chilling climate of eternal winter."
    Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Now Playing

Gene Siskel Film Center January 20, 2012 January 25, 2012
Zeitgeist Theatre & Lounge February 3, 2012 February 9, 2012
Evokative Films February 10, 2012 May 5, 2012
Portland International Film Festival February 11, 2012 February 13, 2012
The Screen March 2, 2012 March 8, 2012
Green Mountain Film Festival March 20, 2012 April 1, 2012
Indianapolis Int'l Film Festival April 5, 2012 April 5, 2012
Fountain Theater April 13, 2012 April 19, 2012
Crossroads Int'l Film Festival February 10, 2013 February 17, 2013
Sedona International Film Festival February 23, 2013 March 3, 2013
AFI Silver Theater June 28, 2013 June 29, 2013
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