by Thom Ernst Tuesday March 20, 2012

Stellan Skarsgård has sang to Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia!, (2008) been shark bait in Deep Blue Sea (1999), a professor in Good Will Hunting (1997), a lousy guardian to Leelee Sobieski in The Glass House (2001), a paraplegic with a weird agenda in Breaking the Waves (1996), played the same role twice in The Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) and then again in Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist,(2005)  played a prominent and suspicious family member in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011), acted in the controversial Melancholia (2011) (read Alex Huls' wonderful article: 10 tips for watching Melancholia)  and will shortly be seen in the anticipated release of The Avengers (2012).

Skarsgård joins Saturday Night at the Movies to talk about the film  King of Devil's Island, based on the true uprising of a turn-of-the-century reform school for boys.   

King of Devil's Island, reportedly to be the most expensive film to come out of Norway,  is directed by Norwegian filmmaker, Marius Holst.  It's a stunning achievement told in bleak winter tones and great empathy through a cast of young non-actors, most who themselves live on a precarious social fringe. 

Stellan Skarsgård speaks to us via Skype from his home in Sweden. 

King of Devil's Island was brought to my attention by a friend who distributes film for Film Movement.  SNAM coproducer watched it first giving it an enthusiastic apporoval.  After watchin the film myself, I recognize it as a movie we would love to present to our audience.

King of Devil's Island was released yesterday in most cities.  If you happen to be in Toronto, you catch it at the Carlton.