Place, The
Place, The

Place, The

A promising high school kid is unjustly sent to the notorious youth prison of Iceland where he faces increasingly severe abuses from the head guard who is determined to break his spirit.


Axel, a promising but lovesick high school student, attempts to drown his sorrows in a night of booze and drug-filled partying until things get violently out of control when a neighbor is nearly beaten to death by his friends. Drunk sick, Axel is wrongfully blamed for the crime. His problems are compounded when he is sent to the notorious Youth Prison of Iceland “The Place” where the head guard abuses Axel in increasingly severe attempts to convince him to accept faith as his salvation. Defiled and at his wit’s end, Axel prepares to take the ultimate revenge. His only hope at escaping this nightmare is to find the phone that proves his innocence.

About the film

  • Type: Short Film
  • National Premiere Date: October 3, 2009, Smárabíó
  • Genre: Drama
  • Length: 22 min.
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Original Title: Pleisið
  • International Title: Place, The
  • Production Year: 2009
  • Production Countries: Iceland
  • Website:
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Production Format: RED
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
  • Color: Yes
  • Sound: Dolby



Company Credits


  • International Short Film Festival, 2010
  • European Film Festival of Lille, 2010
  • Cannes Short Film Corner, 2010
  • Festroia International Film Festival, 2010
  • Reykjavík International Film Festival, 2010
  • Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, 2010
  • Global Cinema Festival, 2009

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