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Icelandic TV series BLACK SANDS selected for Berlinale Series

The Icelandic TV series Black Sands, directed by Baldvin Z, has been selected to have its international premiere in the Berlinale Series section of the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival (or Berlinale). The festival will be held from February 10 - 20. 

Black Sands follows Anita, a DI in her thirties. She is forced to return to the hometown she fled 14 years ago. A reckoning with her mother is inescapable, but when the body of a young woman is found, everything is upended. Anita is dragged down into the dark abyss of her past, looking for a possible serial killer and the reckoning turns into a nightmare.

Black Sands was written by Aldís Amah Hamilton, Ragnar Jónsson and Baldvin Z. It was produced by Arnbjörg Haflidadóttir, Hördur Rúnarsson and Andri Ómarsson for Glassriver. Black Sands has already been sold to China, Australia, Belgium, Finland, The Netherlands and India. International sales are being handled by All3Media International.

Black Sands is one of seven titles selected for the official Berlinale Series program. The program was established in 2015 and offers a first look at new series productions from around the world. It goes hand in hand with the Berlinale Series Market, a conference platform and marketplace for industry professionals.

Julia Fidel, head of Berlinale Series, says about this year's selection: "What we see in this year's selection at first glance seems like a return to well-established formats: crime scenes, courtrooms, hospitals and international espionage. As viewers, we trustingly engage with these seemingly familiar settings and are suddenly lead to unfamiliar and, above all, emotional places that affect and challenge us."

For further information on the Berlinale visit the festival's official website.