Children's Island (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Kay Pollak|
|Produced by||Bengt Forslund|
|Written by||Kay Pollak|
|Based on||Children's Island by
P. C. Jersild
|Music by||Jean-Michel Jarre|
|Edited by||Thomas Holéwa|
|Running time||109 minutes|
Children's Island (Swedish: Barnens ö) is a 1980 Swedish drama film directed by Kay Pollak, starring Thomas Fryk and Ingvar Hirdwall. It is based on the novel of the same name by P. C. Jersild. Filming took place between July and October 1979. It won Sweden’s most prestigious film prize, the Guldbagge, when it was released in 1980 and was Sweden’s official selection for the 54th Academy Awards. The film became controversial in Australia, being banned in 2014, over thirty years after its original release.
The story is set in Stockholm where 11-year old Reine is on the verge of puberty and afraid of sexual maturity. He lives in a suburb with his single mother who sends him to a traditional Swedish summer camp (common at the time of the setting and managed by the cities for children in need of visiting the countryside. The title of the film is the name of the most well-known such camp). His mother then vacations on her own, but in fact Reine never goes to the camp, instead exploring the summer city of Stockholm on his own, meeting many strange adults.
- Tomas Fryk as Reine Larsson
- Ingvar Hirdwall as Stig Utler
- Anita Ekström as Harriet Larsson
- Börje Ahlstedt as Hester
- Lars-Erik Berenett as Esbjörn
- Hjördis Petterson as Olga
- Sif Ruud as Mrs. Bergman-Ritz
- Lena Granhagen as Helen
- Majlis Granlund as Lotten
- Malin Ek as Kristina
- Maud Sjökvist as Maria
- Hélène Svedberg as Nora
It was Kay Pollak's first commercial success and won the awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor (Hirdwall) at the 17th Guldbagge Awards. In 1981 it was entered into the 31st Berlin International Film Festival. The film was also selected as the Swedish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 54th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.
- List of submissions to the 54th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
- List of Swedish submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
- Australia bans award-winning Swedish film Children's Island over child porn concerns The Sydney Morning Herald, February 27, 2014.
- "Barnens ö (1980)". Swedish Film Institute. 9 March 2014.
- "IMDB.com: Awards for Children's Island". imdb.com. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
- Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
- Children's Island at the Internet Movie Database
- Children's Island at the Swedish Film Institute Database
- copy of the film with English subtitles at the Internet Archive
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