Previously at the ICA - Films
20 Jun 2012 – 5 Jul 2012
The Bastoy Residential School is an unforgiving place, a borstal-esque institution on an island north of Oslo whose delinquent teenage detainees may not leave until being moulded into ‘useful, Christian boys’. Marius Holst’s film is an account of true events at Bastoy in 1915, when the Norwegian army was forced to intervene in an inmate-led insurrection on the island.
A harsh, grey, perpetual winter provides the bracing backdrop to a powerful prison drama, as the unfortunate residents of Bastoy—robbed of their names and their humanity—fight to hold on to their self-respect in the face of draconian, puritanical governor Bestyreren, and of the cruel punishment meted out with relish by sadistic guards. Recalcitrant new arrival Erling and model prisoner Olav provide dual nodes of identification, and the catalysts for resistance, as this bleak but engaging film delivers a morally-charged tale of oppression.
Marius Holst’s film is a bleak but engaging account of true events at Bastoy Residential School, a borstal-esque institution on an island north of Oslo in1915, when the Norwegian army was forced to intervene in an inmate-led insurrection on the island. This powerful prison drama delivers a morally-charged tale of oppression.
Preview + Q&A
There will be a special Q&A with actor Stellan Skarsgård after the preview screening on Wednesday 20 June.
Dir: Marius Holst, 2010, Norway/France/Sweden/Poland, Norwegian with English subtitles, 120 mins.
Cast: Stellan Skarsgård, Benjamin Helstad, Kristoffer Joner.