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Berlinale Series Sets Lineup, Including ‘The Terror,’ ‘The Looming Tower’

“Picnic at Hanging Rock” opens Berlinale Series

Australian drama “Picnic at Hanging Rock” and AMC series “The Terror” are among the seven scripted TV projects that will feature in Berlinale Series, which is part of the Berlinale Special section of the Berlin International Film Festival.

Hulu and Amazon’s TV adaptation of the nonfiction bestseller “The Looming Tower” also features in the lineup, which is rounded out by Danish series “Liberty,” Israeli series “Sleeping Bears,” German-originated drama “Bad Banks,” and Norway’s “Heimebane” (“Home Ground”).

Although hailing from different parts of the world, all the projects deal, in one form or another, with power structures and resistance to them, say the organizers of Berlinale Series, which is open to the public and has been growing in size and importance.

“The series will look into the depths of the human soul, and portray the insatiable hunger for wealth, power, and acknowledgment,” organizers said. “They depict reactionary political systems, but also turmoil and breakup in society, as well as protagonists who couldn’t be more different as they self-confidently follow their own paths.”

Natalie Dormer-starrer “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” which is for Australia’s Foxtel and has been bought by the BBC in the U.K., opens the TV festival.

Berlinale Series run concurrently with the Drama Series Days. The latter is a three-day industry event hosted by the European Film Market, the Berlinale Co-Production market and Berlinale Talents. For the first time, both Berlinale Series and Drama Series Days will take place in the same venue, Berlin’s Zoo Palast.

Berlinale Series lineup

“Bad Banks”
Germany / Luxembourg
Director: Christian Schwochow
Broadcaster: ZDF, ARTE
World premiere

Director: Arild Andresen
With Ane Dahl Torp, John Carew
Broadcaster: NRK
World premiere

Director: Mikael Marcimain
Broadcaster: DR
World premiere

The Looming Tower
Director: Alex Gibney
Broadcaster: Amazon, Hulu (U.S.)
International premiere

“Picnic at Hanging Rock”
Director: Larysa Kondracki (The Whistleblower, Shut Eye), episodes 1-3
Written by Beatrix Christian, Alice Addison
Broadcaster: Foxtel
International Premiere

“Sleeping Bears”
Creator and director: Keren Margalit
Broadcaster: Keshet Broadcasting
International premiere

The Terror
Director: Edward Berger
Broadcaster: AMC, AMC Networks International, Amazon
World premiere

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