Devil's Island

Friðrik Þór Friðriksson

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Original title Djöflaeyjan
DIRECTOR Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
PRODUCER Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
DOP Ari Kristinsson
SCRIPT Einar Kárason
SOUND Kjartan Kjartansson, Steingrímur Eyfjörð Guðmundsson, Ingvar Lundberg
MUSIC Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Björgvin Halldórsson, Sextett Bödda Billó
EDITOR Steingrímur Karlsson, Skule Eriksen
CO-PRODUCER Egil Ödegaard, Peter Aalbæk Jensen, Peter Rommel
RELEASE 1996
LENGTH 104
GENRE Drama
CAST Baltasar Kormákur, Sigurveig Jónsdóttir, Gísli Halldórsson, Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Sveinn Þórir Geirsson

Synopsis

Devil's island is a bitter sweet tale of Iceland in the fifties. Life is rough in Reykjavik's post-war slum of Camp Thule, where the abandoned US military barracks have been turned into makeshift homes. Struggling wives and their hard-working husbands try to make ends meet. The younger generation dreams of dollars, Rock'n'Roll and the American way of life. To celebrate or to drown their misery - they're never short of a good reason to booze. Devil's island vividly depicts the everyday life of a wacky family, their neighbours and friends and shows how some of their dreams come true and others don't.

Director

Fridrik Thor Fridriksson started his film making carrier with a series of experimental films and documentaries in the early 1980s. In 1987, he founded The Icelandic Film Corporation, which has become Iceland's most important production company, producing Fridrikssons films as well as working with other Icelandic directors and producers. Through Fridriksson's international reputation the company has built a network of internationally well-established co-production partner companies, including Lars von Triers Zentropa and most recently, Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope. As a director, Fridriksson gained international recognition and critical acclaim with his second feature Children of Nature (1991) which was nominated for an Oscar as Best Foreign Language Film.

Honors

Berlin International Film Festival, Forum of New Cinema, 1997 / Karlovy Vary International Film Festival / the Firpesci Prize and the FICC prize / Norwegian International Film Festival, Haugesund, the Amanda prize as the Best Nordic Film of the Year / Edinburgh Film Festival.
 

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