Karin JULSRUD (4 ½), Antoine DE CLERMONT-TONNERRE (Mact Productions)
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.