Devil's Island
Devil's Island

Devil's Island

Director Fridrik Thor Fridriksson

Production year 1996

Length 103min.

Country Icelandia/Norway/ Germany/ Denmark


Devil's Island is a bittersweet tale of Iceland in the 50s. Life is rough in Reykjavik's post-war slum of Camp Thule, where 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 have never been short of a good reason to booze. Devil's Island depicts the everyday life of a wacky family and their neighbours and friends, and shows some of their dreams coming true and others not.


Best Nordic Feature Film | Amanda Awards, Norway, 1997

Best International Feature | Atlantic FF, USA, 1997

FIPRESCI Prize | Karlovy Vary IFF, Czech Republic, 1997

Young Audience Award | Rouen Nordic FF, France, 1997


Fridrik Thor Fridriksson
Fridrik Thor Fridriksson



Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Peter Aalbæk Jensen, Egil Ødegård, Peter Rommel


Einar Kárason

Director of Photography

Ari Kristinsson

Production designer

Árni Páll Jóhannsson

Music by

Björgvin Helgi Halldórsson, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson


Kjartan Kjartansson


Skule Erikson, Steingrímur Karlsson


Baltasar Kormákur, Gudmundur Ólafsson, Sigurveig Jonsdottir, Gísli Halldórsson Halldóra Geirharsóttir, Ingvar E. Sigur›sson, Magnús Ólafsson, Pálína Jónsdóttir, Saga Jónsdóttir, Sveinnfiórir G

Production company(ies)

Icelandic Film, Filmhuset, Peter Rommel Film Production, Zentropa Entertainments

Fridrik Thor Fridriksson

Born 1953, Reykjavik. Film director/producer Fridriksson started his filmmaking career with experimental films and documentaries in the early 1980s. He founded The Icelandic Film Corporation in 1990. It has since become Iceland's most important production company. The company produces his films and works with other Icelandic directors and producers. His international reputation led the company to build a network of internationally well-established co-production partner companies, including Lars von Trier's Zentropa and most recently, Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope. He has worked with two of Iceland's most acclaimed novelists and script-writers: Einar Már Guðmundsson (Children of Nature, Angels of the Universe, Movie Days) and Einar Kárason (White Whales, Devils Island, Falcons).


Nomina Sunt Odiosa (1975); The Saga of Burnt Njal (1980); The Blacksmith (1981)’ Rock in Rejkjavik (1982); Icelandic Cowboys (1984); The Ring Road (1985); White Whales (1987); Sky Without Limit (1989) (TV); Pretty Angels (1990); Children of Nature (1991); Movie Days (1994); Cold Fever (1995); Devil’s Island (1996); Angels of the Universe (2000); On Top Down under (2000, TV); Falcons (2002); Niceland (Population. 1.000.002) (2004); The Sunshine Boy (2009, doc.); Mamma Gógó (2010)

FILMS 2010