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Kongen av Bastøy (2010)

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?

Director:

Marius Holst

Writers:

Mette M. Bølstad (story), Lars Saabye Christensen (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Benjamin Helstad ... Erling / C-19
Trond Nilssen ... Olav / C-1
Stellan Skarsgård ... Bestyrer Håkon
Kristoffer Joner ... Husfar Bråthen
Magnus Langlete Magnus Langlete ... Ivar / C-5
Morten Løvstad Morten Løvstad ... Øystein (as Morten Strøm)
Daniel Berg Daniel Berg ... Johan
Odin Gineson Brøderud Odin Gineson Brøderud ... Axel
Magnar Botten Magnar Botten ... Lillegutt
Markus Brustad Markus Brustad ... Jan
Agnar Jeger Holst Agnar Jeger Holst ... Arne
Tommy Jakob Håland Tommy Jakob Håland ... Terje
Richard Safin Richard Safin ... Eirik
Frank-Thomas Andersen Frank-Thomas Andersen ... Gårdsgutt Bjarne (as Frank-Thomas H. Andersen)
Arne Brønstad Arne Brønstad ... Husfar Kjell
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Based on a true story: Norwegian winter, early 20th century. On the island Bastoy, located in the Oslo fjord live a group of delinquent, young boys aged 11 to 18. The boys daily, sadistic regime is run by the guards and the principal who bestow both mental and physical abuse on them. Instead of the boys being straightened out with education they end up being used as cheap, manual labor. The boys attempt to survive by adapting to their inhumane conditions. One day a new boy, Erling (17), arrives with his own agenda; how to escape from the island. How far is he willing to go in order to get his freedom? Written by JRN

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Taglines:

Norway, 1915, a home for boys. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Norway | France | Sweden | Poland

Language:

Norwegian | Swedish

Release Date:

17 December 2010 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

King of Devil's Island See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

NOK 54,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$554, 16 December 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,166, 5 February 2012
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Runtime:

| (Extended Edition)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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So far the most expensive film to the production company 4 1/2. See more »

Goofs

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

[last lines]
Erling: I once saw a whale swim with three harpoons in it. It took the entire day to die. He was weak due to the harpoon I shot him with. And covered with scars from all the battles he had fought. I have become acquainted with one boy whom is soon to sign off. For the six years he has been on this ship, he has done everything right. And now, he is going home.
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Soundtracks

Sigur 1 (Untitled)
Performed by Sigur Rós
Music & Lyrics by Kjartan Sveinsson, Jon Thor Birgisson, Georg Holm, Orri P. Dyrason
Universal Music Publishing Scandinavia AB
(P) 2002 FatCat Records
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When religious chastity and austerity were considered as a correctional measure...
12 April 2013 | by BeneCumbSee all my reviews

Based on true events, this one of the most expensive Norwegian (+Swedish, Estonian) film was shot primarily in my home country - thus, apart from a good film experience, I had a joy of recognition vis-a-vis places and actors (although Estonian ones had mute or 1-2 word roles only). Anyway, the Norwegian background and spirit with gloom and misery in a closed penal institution were well captured, and all the leading characters were skillfully elaborated and performed (especially Stellan Skarsgård as Håkon, Benjamin Helstad as Erling "C19", Trond Nilssen as Olav "C1"). Most of the screenplay is focused, however, on the "normal" routine in the establishment, boys versus staff, the rebellion itself and its consequences are shown in a limited time and space (I would have liked to know what happened to the revolting boys, and how the usual living was restored).

Nevertheless, Kongen av Bastøy is a strong drama, giving food for thought long after the credits disappear.


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