Wasteland (Czech TV series)
|Created by||Štěpán Hulík|
|Country of origin||Czech Republic|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original network||HBO Europe|
|Original release||October 2016|
Wasteland (Czech: Pustina) is a Czech television series, slated to premiere in October 2016 on HBO Europe. Created by Štěpán Hulík, the series stars Zuzana Stivinova as the mayor of a small Czech town which is being bought up and razed by a coal mining company, leading to conflict between residents who want to preserve their traditional life and those who want to take the money and build a better life elsewhere. When the mayor's daughter disappears, however, what appears to be an attempt to silence her opposition to the coal mines may in fact reveal even deeper layers of political intrigue.
The first two episodes of the series had an advance screening at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in July 2016, and in the Primetime program at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.
- "Threatened Czech mining village focus of ambitious Wasteland series". Radio Prague, July 7, 2016.
- "HBO Europe Unveils Mini ‘Wasteland,’ Docs at Karlovy Vary". Variety, July 6, 2016.
- "HBO Europe's 'Pustina' Drama to Premiere at Karlovy Vary Fest". The Hollywood Reporter, June 3, 2016.
- "TIFF Primetime programmer sifts peak TV for festival". Toronto Star, September 9, 2016.
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