Devil's Island (1996 film)

Devil's Island (Icelandic: Djöflaeyjan) is a 1996 Icelandic film directed by Friðrik Þór Friðriksson. It is a dark comedy filmed in the Grótta area of South west Iceland. The story depicts a group of otherwise homeless families living in barracks abandoned by the US Air Force after the Second World War. The film was selected as the Icelandic entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 69th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[1][2]

Devil's Island
Directed byFriðrik Þór Friðriksson
Written byEinar Kárason
Music byBjörgvin Helgi Halldórsson
Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson
Release date
  • 3 October 1996 (1996-10-03)
Running time
99 minutes

The film's themes include an ambivalence towards America and Americans, poverty and the accompanying social stigma, superstition and the spirit world, and a destructive family dynamic. The sound-track combines American pop (some of it performed in Icelandic) and a score by Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson.


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  1. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  2. ^ "39 Countries Hoping for Oscar Nominations". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 13 November 1996. Archived from the original on 9 February 1999. Retrieved 5 October 2015.

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