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Norwegian winter, early 20th century. On the boys home Bastoy, a new inmate leads the boys to a violent uprising against a brutal regime. How far is he willing to go to attain freedom? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Benjamin Helstad ... Erling / C-19

Trond Nilssen ... Olav / C-1

Stellan Skarsgård ... Bestyrer Håkon

Kristoffer Joner ... Husfar Bråthen
Magnus Langlete ... Ivar / C-5
Morten Løvstad ... Øystein (as Morten Strøm)
Daniel Berg ... Johan
Odin Gineson Brøderud ... Axel
Magnar Botten ... Lillegutt
Markus Brustad ... Jan
Agnar Jeger Holst ... Arne
Tommy Jakob Håland ... Terje
Richard Safin ... Eirik
Frank-Thomas Andersen ... Gårdsgutt Bjarne (as Frank-Thomas H. Andersen)
Arne Brønstad ... Husfar Kjell
Nils-Fredrik Tveter ... Husfar
Martin Slaatto ... Husfar Harald

Ellen Dorrit Petersen ... Bestyrerens kone
Ragnhild Vannebo ... Komitéleder
Per Gørvell ... Komitélege
Kirsti Asskildt ... Sykepleier
Julian Karlsson ... Dekksgutt
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kimmo Rajala ... Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Marius Holst 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mette M. Bølstad  story
Lars Saabye Christensen  story
Dennis Magnusson  screenplay
Eric Schmid  screenplay

Produced by
Knud Bjørne-Larsen .... financial producer (as Knud Bjørne Larsen)
Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre .... co-producer
Mathilde Dedye .... co-producer
Edward A. Dreyer .... executive producer
Sanne Glæsel .... line producer
Fredrik Heinig .... co-producer
Lars Andreas Hellebust .... executive producer
Karin Julsrud .... producer
Linn Kirkenær .... assistant producer
Ewa Puszczynska .... co-producer
Alexander Rönnberg .... associate producer: Stockholm
Pille Rünk .... unit line producer: Estonia
Lars Mathias Semb .... executive producer
Stellan Skarsgård .... executive producer
Aagot Skjeldal .... executive producer
Pål Sletaune .... executive producer
Vibeke Windeløv .... executive producer
Johannes Åhlund .... co-producer
Turid Øversveen .... executive producer
Håkon Øverås .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Johan Söderqvist 
 
Cinematography by
John Andreas Andersen (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michal Leszczylowski 
 
Casting by
Celine Engebrigtsen 
 
Production Design by
Janusz Sosnowski 
 
Art Direction by
Kristine Wilhelmsen 
 
Costume Design by
Katja Watkins 
 
Makeup Department
Veslemøy Fosse Ree .... make up artist: second unit, Norway
Louise Hauberg .... makeup artist (as Louise Hauberg Nielsen)
Tina Helmark .... key makeup artist (as Tina Norup Helmark)
Morten Jacobsen .... special makeup effects artist
Mari Kriis .... assistant makeup artist
Tiina Leesik .... makeup artist
Merlit Miländer .... assistant makeup artist
Daniel Parker .... prosthetics
June Pålgard .... make up artist: second unit. Norway
Lauge Voigt .... special effects makeup
 
Production Management
Inga Kruk .... production manager: Poland
Johanna Trass .... unit production manager: Estonia
Claus Willadsen .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Margit Korbe .... third assistant director
Steffen Lefort .... third assistant director
Marcin Lomnicki .... first assistant director: second unit
Hans-Jørgen Osnes .... first assistant director: second unit, Norway
Bruce Parramore .... second unit director
Kieron Phipps .... first assistant director
Trevor Puckle .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Guillaume Dambrines de Ramecourt .... decorator painter
Erki Esna .... carpenter
Tom Gammelsrød .... carpenter: second unit: Norway
Eva-Maria Gramakovski .... set dresser
Ranik Halle .... set dresser assistant
Kaido Heinsaar .... construction coordinator
Asko Linno .... construction coordinator
Asko Linno .... set builder
Anders Lunde .... property master: second unit: Norway
Mihkel Maasing .... decorator painter
Olivier Marcouiller .... decorator painter
Olivier Marcouiller .... scenic artist
Thomas Nes .... on-set dresser: Norway unit
Thomas Nes .... property master: Norway
Rein Nettan .... property master
Marko Pintmann .... art department assistant
Marianne Polski .... greenery leadman
Markus Puusild .... props
Joonas Rahusaar .... set builder
Jaagup Roomet .... set designer
Peeter Sepp .... decorator painter
Morten Swang .... property master: Norway unit
Kalev Säde .... carpenter
Viljar Säre .... carpenter
Eugen Tamberg .... set designer
Karin Tetsmann .... property master
Erling Vandel .... buyer
 
Sound Department
Olger Bernadt .... sound recordist: second unit
Marius Berntzen .... foley recordist
Marius Berntzen .... sound editor
Petter Fladeby .... re-recording mixer
Jonas Kværner .... sound effects recordist
Daniel Lindvik .... sound effects recordist
Lars Lund .... boom operator
Espen Moe .... foley recordist
Ingar Pedersen .... boom operator: second unit, Norway
Tormod Ringnes .... sound designer
Tormod Ringnes .... supervising sound editor
Espen Rønning .... dialogue editor
Ad Stoop .... sound recordist
Fredric Vogel .... sound editor
Erik S. Watland .... foley artist
Erik S. Watland .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Rune Andersen .... special effects assistant: second unit, Norway
Robin Blick .... special effects technician
Johan Harnesk .... special effects supervisor
Pål Morten Hverven .... special effects supervisor: second unit, Norway
Llivar Kilyer .... special effects assistant
Gina Lunde .... special effects assistant: second unit, Norway
Roy Arne Pedersen .... special effects assistant: second unit, Norway
Anders Nilsson Ylitalo .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Steven Elvesæter .... digital compositor
Camilla Fossen .... visual effects producer
Kjetil Haugen .... online editor
Marius Andre Jacobsen .... matchmove artist
Morten Jacobsen .... digital compositor
Henrik Karlsson .... generalist
Samuel Karlsson .... digital compositor
Nikolai Lockertsen .... matte painter
Morten Moen .... digital compositor
Espen Nordahl .... cg supervisor
Magnus Pettersson .... effects technical director
Stig Saxegaard .... matte painter
Otto Thorbjørnsen .... visual effects supervisor
Monica Østbø Østgård .... visual effects coordinator
 
Stunts
Lars Hjelm .... stunt player
Juha Pursiainen .... stunt player
Kimmo Rajala .... stunt coordinator
Kimmo Rajala .... stunts
Jonathan Wiberg .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eirik Holst Aagård .... focus puller
Kristoffer Aamot .... second assistant camera: second unit, Norway
Roland Adamson .... first assistant camera: second unit
Agnete Brun .... still photographer
Anders Eide .... key grip
Toni Haaranen .... electrician
Karsten Heidar .... best boy: Norway unit
Juhan Heide .... generator operator: second unit
Karsten Jacobsen .... steadicam operator
Chris Karlstad .... electrician: second unit, Norway
Janis Kokk .... video operator
Tom Kopperud .... first assistant camera: second unit, Norway
Venno Kornak .... electrician
Artur Kun .... electrician
Maciej Maciejewski .... best boy
Morten Magnussen .... techno crane operator: second unit, Norway
Nicholas Messel .... gaffer: Norway
Robin Ottersen .... second assistant camera: Norway unit
Ville Penttilä .... gaffer
Nico Poulsson .... camera operator: second unit, Norway (as Nicolay Poulsen)
Erik Põllumaa .... second assistant camera: second unit
Pål Ulvik Rokseth .... camera operator: "b" camera
Pål Ulvik Rokseth .... second assistant camera
Geir Rossebø .... grip assistant: Norway
Henri Savitski .... electrician
Tomasz Sternicki .... grip
Hans Petter Sydsæter .... gaffer: second unit, Norway
Mart Taniel .... camera operator: second unit
Stig Tvenge .... electrician: Norway unit
Raivo Vaadumäe .... generator operator
Meelis Veeremets .... second assistant camera: second unit
Juha Virtala .... additional electrician
Wojciech Walenciak .... grip
Knut Westad .... grip: second unit, Norway
 
Casting Department
Marit Falkum Enerhaug .... casting assistant: Norway
Hiie Fluss .... casting assistant: Estonia
Mia Jensen .... casting assistant: Norway
Kjersti Paulsen .... casting associate
Piret Toomvap .... casting: Estonia
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marit Ahven .... costumer
Mia Andersson .... costumer
Gabriella Ekman .... costume supervisor
Sanna Ekström Forsberg .... costumer
Runa Fønne .... costume supervisor: Norway
Katrin Karilaid .... costumer: second unit
Marje Karu .... costume assistant
Ave Kuik .... costume assistant
Pille Küngas .... costumer
Anneli Pahman .... costumer: second unit
 
Editorial Department
Julien Alary .... colorist
Matyas Fekete .... assistant editor
Raymond Gangstad .... conform
Raymond Gangstad .... digital film mastering
Raymond Gangstad .... film scanning
Pål Gengenbach .... supervising editor
Eivind Sandodden Kise .... post-production assistant (as Eivind Kise)
Anders Refn .... supervising editor
Espen Skjørdal .... post-production coordinator
 
Location Management
Per Henry Borch .... location scout
Indrek Hallikmäe .... location assistant
Kristjan Pütsep .... assistant location manager
Jaagup Roomet .... location scout
Heiko Tammel .... location assistant
Karin Tetsmann .... location scout
Anu Uibo .... location manager
Margus Õunapuu .... location scout
 
Music Department
Patrik Andrén .... rhythm arranger
Mark Buys .... orchestrator
Peter Fuchs .... scoring mixer
Henrik Hawor .... music supervisor
Uno Helmersson .... assistant composer
Johan Husvik .... music supervisor
Vladimir Martinka .... conductor
Vladimir Martinka .... music librarian
Dave Jewerén Moore .... music editor
Dave Jewerén Moore .... score mixer
Martin Roller .... assistant scoring engineer
 
Transportation Department
Juhan Helde .... driver
Tõnis Kalvet .... driver
Kalle Kilkans .... driver
Jaak Kirsipuu .... driver
Heleri Saarik .... transportation coordinator
Johannes Selvaag .... driver: second unit (Norway)
Ilmar Tamm .... driver
Joel Tamm .... driver
 
Other crew
Charlotte Andersen .... production coordinator: Estonia
Marc Budde .... chief caterer
Marianne Brochmann Bugge .... legal counsel
Birgitte Clasen .... chief accountant
Thomas Eggum .... intern: second unit, Norway
Nikolaj Frobenius .... script consultant
Jan Christian Frugaard .... production assistant: second unit
Megan Gallagher .... script editor
Alexander Glæsel .... set production assistant
Alen Grujic .... poster designer
Peter Gustafsson .... film consultant
Udo Happel .... completion bond
Vesa Happonen .... i/o support
Kristine Ingvaldsen .... assistant to director: pre-production
Liina Jaska .... production assistant
Epp Joeorg .... production secretary: Tallinn-office
Bjørn Olaf Johannessen .... script consultant
Sara Johnsen .... dialogue coach
Jon Jonassen .... i/o support
Geraldine Jourdan .... production manager
Julie Kayser .... chef
Christoffer Kjørsvik .... children carer
Tomas Kværner .... assistant to the director
Berith Lindwall .... accountant: Stockholm Office
Andreas Lisberg .... production assistant: Norway unit
Katinka Lotherington .... production assistant: second unit
Heidi Lundbakk .... assistant production coordinator
Olivia Lühe .... caterer
Tore Martinsen .... children carer
Adrian Andrew Mitchell .... marketing coordinator
Peter Nordahl-Hansen .... production assistant
Peter Nordahl-Hansen .... production secretary: pre-production
Jonas Røyem Ny .... marketing supervisor
Jonas Røyem Ny .... production coordinator
Jonas Røyem Ny .... project coordinator
Marius Nøkleberg .... children carer
Raivo Pall .... production accountant: Estonia
Marge Sammal .... production cashier: Estonia
Jörg Sander .... caterer
Arne Vidar Stoltenberg .... intern
Jonas Heier Straumsheim .... production assistant: Norway unit
Triin Turu .... production secretary
Nils-Fredrik Tveter .... children carer
Christian Vangsgaard .... scheduling assistant (as Christian Vangsgaard Hansen)
Irmelin Wister .... script supervisor
Christopher Wollebekk .... intern: second unit, Norway (as Christoffer Wollebekk)
Gero Brugmann .... legal counsel: completion guarantor (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"Kongen av Bastøy" - Norway (original title)
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Runtime:
116 min | 122 min (Extended Edition)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Director Marius Holst spent a year setting up camps and workshops for boy actors to help him find the right recruits to play convict children in his film.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The movie grossly exaggerates the size of the lead ship of the Norwegian Navy at the time.

As the boys are trying to escape the island, at about 1 hour 34 minutes, the Battleship "Norge" appears in the fog. The "Norge" was a small 300 ft pre-dreadnought - significantly smaller than modern day Frigate. If one assumes that the men seen on deck, are about 1.7 meters tall, the ship in the movie is more than 3 times as large as the actual "Norge" - comparable to a modern day Aircraft Carrier.See more »
Quotes:
Erling:Let me go, let me go...See more »
Soundtrack:
Sigur 1 (Untitled)See more »

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35 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
A true story's dramatic dilemma, 17 December 2010
Author: OJT from Norway

Kongen av Bastøy is based on actual events happening on the Bastøy correctional facility for difficult boys, back in 1915. The Norwegian island Bastøy is located in the Oslo fjord, between Horten and Moss, about an hours drive south of Norway's capitol, what until 1919 was called Christiania before changing name back to original Oslo.

Marius Holst has made another good film about young boys coping with coming of age. This time he has gone to the core of coping with misplaced childhoods. Well acted, and very true to it's time frame, Kongen of Bastøy, is very believable story made with a 10 million dollar budget. Stellan Skarsgård, Kristoffer Joner, Benjamin Helstad and Trond Nilssen does the very best of method acting of their characters.

The story is both sore, dramatic and tragic, as well as true. It tries to both tell Norwegian history back when the country was poor, and when it was likely to be sent on a whaling ship, being a youngster from difficult background. So why is this film not a 10 out of 10. so many of these heart-wrenching stories easily make you get tears in your eyes.

Well, I'm afraid to say that this is a true story's dilemma. Making the best possible story come out in a film, you have to love of eel for the characters. The young boys on this facility is not the ones easy to love. They are brutal, uneducated, cheeky, unable to show affection and victims of a difficult past. Though Marius Holst tries to make us understand and feel affection for both the kids and the "wardens" in this boys home, I simply can't really start to like any of the characters.

Well acted, well written, but does director Holst really make us care? He has shown he know how to do this in the great story of "Cross my heart and hope to die", In Norwegian: "Ti kniver i hjertet" and "Mirsush" or "Blodsbånd", and succeeded well there. In Kongen av Bastøy which is a story of 10 years in progress, the trouble is that he had to face reality.

Telling a story on difficult boys, obviously has to show the boys how they are. And Marius Holst is no "tears-seeker". Neither is his leading actor in this. He obviously has felt this story has to be told. And as a historic manuscript on how one solved this cases of difficult boys back then, it functions very well. Just don't expect to really care. Maybe this makes the film even better. It should, but I'm afraid I still feel it lacks this. To really be able to touch a movie-goer, the fictional adding would have done the trick. making the film an even better story, but less true. That's the dilemma of telling a true story. If you want the story to be loved, you gotta add the elements of heart and soul, even if it would be untrue to the story told.

So for this cold bastard, I'm afraid this is just a good told story, and not a classic as I'd like it to be, and maybe also therefore not the possible box office hit it would have been, if made as a heart wrenching story.

Making a film like this loved, really need us to identify. This is the only true trouble with an otherwise great film.

Bastøy correctional facility was closed down in the fifties, when Norway was recovering from the 2nd World war. Now there's a prison out there. I'm sure a lot of kids was growing up hating Bastøy. Bastøy still have a negative sound for Norwegians, well deserved.

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