Archive of films Wasteland / Pustina

Czech Republic
2016, 120 min

Section: Special Events
Year: 2016

HBO Europe is following up “Burning Bush” with an original project, the eight-part series “Wasteland” – with two episodes set to be screened at the festival as an exclusive world premiere. The drama of a village community struck by a series of mysterious and shocking events is the work of renowned commercials director and co-creator of the festival’s black-and-white trailers Ivan Zachariáš, in collaboration with filmmaker Alice Nellis.


The eagerly awaited, eight-part series “Wasteland” opens with disquieting images of the rural landscape in the Czech-Polish border region. A village community is divided on whether or not brown-coal mining should continue; they also have differing views on their progressive mayor Hana Sikorová. Discussions on the inevitable referendum fade into the background, however, when Hana’s daughter Míša never makes it home from school. In an exclusive world premiere, KVIFF is presenting the first two episodes of this ambitious and thrilling drama series, which sees HBO Europe joining forces once again with renowned screenwriter Štěpán Hulík and the production companies involved in the hugely successful historical miniseries “Burning Bush.” The creator behind the artistic concept underpinning “Wasteland,” the project’s main helmer Ivan Zachariáš, sought the collaboration of respected screenwriter and director Alice Nellis.

Karel Och

About the director

Ivan Zachariáš, Alice Nellis Ivan Zachariáš, Alice Nellis

Ivan Zachariáš (b. 1971, Prague) studied documentary filmmaking at Prague’s FAMU (1996). He eventually became one of the most sought-after commercials directors and won a series of prestigious awards for his campaigns for major international brands. His short Bollywood parody Mulit (2003) is part of the permanent collection of New York’s MoMA. He has also directed KVIFF trailers. He debuts in feature-length film with the HBO Europe crime drama “Wasteland.” Alice Nellis (b. 1971, České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia) is an established Czech film director with a string of successful titles that have been acclaimed by audiences, critics and festival juries alike (e.g. Eeny Meeny, Some Secrets, Little Girl Blue, The Seven Ravens). She graduated in English and American Studies from Charles University’s Humanities Faculty and subsequently took a screenwriting course at FAMU. She is also a successful stage director.


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About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Special Events
Director: Ivan Zachariáš, Alice Nellis
Screenplay: Štěpán Hulík
Dir. of Photography: Štěpán Kučera, Matěj Cibulka
Music: David Boulter (Tindersticks)
Editor: Filip Malásek, Vladimír Barák
Art Director: Milan Býček
Producer: Tereza Polachová, Steve Matthews, Antony Root
Production: HBO Europe
Coproduction: Nutprodukce
Cast: Zuzana Stivínová, Jaroslav Dušek, Eliška Křenková, Leoš Noha, Jan Cina, Štěpán Benoni, Eva Holubová, Miroslav Vladyka, Petra Špalková, Oskar Hes, Janek Gregor
Sales: HBO Europe
Contact: HBO Europe
Distributor: HBO Europe


Tereza Polachová


Eliška Křenková


Pavla Janoušková Kubečková


Leoš Noha


Štěpán Benoni


Alice Nellis

Film Director, Film Director

Zuzana Stivínová


Petra Špalková


Tomáš Hrubý


Štěpán Hulík


Antony Root


Ondřej Zach

Film Institution Rep., Producer

Steve Matthews


Pavla Brožková

PR & Marketing

Ivan Zachariáš

Film Director, Film Director


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