Devil's Island (1996)
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The Rock and Roll years visit Iceland in this raucous saga of a community of outcasts living in the barracks left behind by American forces after World War II. Specifically, it's about Baddi and Danni, two children brought up by their grandparents. Their flirtatious mother marries an American pilot and moves to Kansas. Baddi decides to pay the couple a visit in Kansas and returns to Devil's Island a true hero, flashing a new American accent and a big car. His stardom soon fades however, and his mother divorces the pilot thrusting the quirky family into another adventure.
The spectacular Icelandic sunsets are punctuated by equally spectacular after-dark boozing in this depiction of an unfamiliar world at the crossroads of tradition and youth culture. Says director Fridriksson: "These outsiders, that lived in a Reykjavik ghetto in the fifties, reminded me of my favorite film, 'Rocco and His Brothers.' With this film I hope to reveal a hidden world that few people knew existed in Iceland."
DEVIL'S ISLAND was directed by Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, written by Einar Karason and produced by Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Peter Rommel, Egil Odegaard, and Peter Aalbaek Jenson. -- © Artistic License Films
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