HBO Europe's 'Pustina' Drama to Premiere at Karlovy Vary Fest

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The series is due to premiere on HBO this fall.

The first two episodes of HBO Europe's latest drama production, Pustina (Wasteland), are set to screen at the 51st edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival next month.

The eight-part project, which began shooting on location in the Czech Republic in November, is being helmed by one of the world's leading advertising directors, Ivan Zacharias, and Prague-based filmmaker Alice Nellis.

The series, due to premiere on HBO this fall, was written by Stepan Hulik, who wrote the script for Agniezska Holland's series Burning Bush, which won 11 Czech Lions, the country's top national film awards.

Set in a mining village on the verge of extinction, Pustina is the dramatic story of a village community hit by a string of mysterious and shocking events as the pressures of contemporary industrial demands put its very existence at risk.

"Pustina tells a story that goes to the heart of the economic and social challenges facing communities in the new Europe," said Antony Root, London-based executive vp programming and production for HBO Europe. "It is also a page-turning mystery. We believe both the story and its themes will resonate strongly with our audiences."

HBO Europe offers programming to subscribers in 19 countries, including viewers of HBO Nordic in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark.

HBO is available to subscribers in eastern and central Europe in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Romania, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Moldova, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia and Bosnia & Herzegovina. 

In the Netherlands, HBO Nederland operates a joint venture between HBO and Ziggo BV.