Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: First Trailer For Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley & Nicolas Cage Watch: First Trailer For Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley & Nicolas Cage 'Thor: The Dark World' Director Alan Taylor Says His Marvel Experience Was "Particularly Wrenching" 'Thor: The Dark World' Director Alan Taylor Says His Marvel Experience Was "Particularly Wrenching" Watch: Anna Paquin Is Rescued In Clip From 'X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut' Watch: Anna Paquin Is Rescued In Clip From 'X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut' Kevin Feige Says 'Spider-Man 2' Is "One Of The Best Superhero Movies Ever," Talks John Hughes Influence On New Spidey Kevin Feige Says 'Spider-Man 2' Is "One Of The Best Superhero Movies Ever," Talks John Hughes Influence On New Spidey Watch: Live Your Ultimate Fantasy With The First NSFW Trailer For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' Watch: Live Your Ultimate Fantasy With The First NSFW Trailer For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' Review & Recap: ‘True Detective’ Season 2, Episode 2, ‘Night Finds You’ Review & Recap: ‘True Detective’ Season 2, Episode 2, ‘Night Finds You’ Terrence Malick’s ‘Knight Of Cups’ Won’t Arrive Until 2016, Austin Music Scene Drama Not Titled ‘Weightless’ Terrence Malick’s ‘Knight Of Cups’ Won’t Arrive Until 2016, Austin Music Scene Drama Not Titled ‘Weightless’ The Punisher Will Reportedly Appear As The Villain In ‘Daredevil’ Season 2 The Punisher Will Reportedly Appear As The Villain In ‘Daredevil’ Season 2 'Lucy 2' And 'Colombiana 2' Are In Development 'Lucy 2' And 'Colombiana 2' Are In Development Mixed Reactions For Marvel's 'Ant-Man' After First Press Screening Plus New Promos And Pics Mixed Reactions For Marvel's 'Ant-Man' After First Press Screening Plus New Promos And Pics The Essentials: The 5 Best Rachel McAdams Performances The Essentials: The 5 Best Rachel McAdams Performances Watch: Tom Hardy Does Double Duty In Trailer For Gangster Drama 'Legend' Watch: Tom Hardy Does Double Duty In Trailer For Gangster Drama 'Legend' The 25 Best TV Shows Of The 2014/2015 Season The 25 Best TV Shows Of The 2014/2015 Season Kevin Feige Says 'Spider-Man' Is "Definitely A Sony Picture," Talks Role Of 'Ant-Man' In Phase 3, More Kevin Feige Says 'Spider-Man' Is "Definitely A Sony Picture," Talks Role Of 'Ant-Man' In Phase 3, More The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 10 All-Time Best Episodes Of 'Parks And Recreation' The 10 All-Time Best Episodes Of 'Parks And Recreation' The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Is 'King Of Devil's Island' An Early Foreign Oscar Contender?

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist May 2, 2011 at 7:13AM

Listen, we know that talking about Oscar this early in the game is pretty foolish. That said, other bloggers/film sites either already have tentative lists going or wil be very soon -- in fact, this writer remembers being in Cannes last year with early word swarmed around France's "Of Gods And Men" as being an Oscar favorite. Well, that buzz never amounted to much but still, when the "O" word is uttered, you can't help but pay attention.
1


Listen, we know that talking about Oscar this early in the game is pretty foolish. That said, other bloggers/film sites either already have tentative lists going or wil be very soon -- in fact, this writer remembers being in Cannes last year with early word swarmed around France's "Of Gods And Men" as being an Oscar favorite. Well, that buzz never amounted to much but still, when the "O" word is uttered, you can't help but pay attention.

THR, in the midst of the story about Film Movement picking up the Norwegian drama "King of Devil's Island," also said that the film has "buzz as a potential foreign language Oscar candidate." Directed by Marius Holst and starring Stellan Skarsgard, the film "is based on real events at a Norwegian boy's school in 1915. The pupils at the Bastoy reform school rebelled against their sadistic teachers and took over the school, leading to a stand off that only ended when the government sent in 150 soliders to restore order." The trailer, with some dodgy English subtitles, has been knocking around for a while -- you can check it out below -- but it certainly looks compelling, a tough tale set against a frigid backdrop. Skarsgard himself looks terrifying.

While there is no theatrical date yet, subscribers to Film Movement will release the movie in October and it will be available on VOD later in the year as well. We're definitely curious about this one and we'll see if that Oscar buzz builds any further (though it will need a much better campaign than a short theatrical and VOD rollout if it's going to gain any traction). In other random Skarsgard news, Vulture noticed he's in Lykke Li's video for "Sadness Is A Blessing." Weirdest most dramatic dinner ever. Check it out below.


This article is related to: Actors, Musicians, Foreign Films, Stellan Skarsgard, Lykke Li, The King Of Devil's Island


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates