The Icelandic drama series Black Port has won this year’s Series Mania Award at the Berlin CoPro Series pitching event, Variety reports.
The event is held as part of the Berlin Film Festival. As a result, the series will be included in an out-of-competition section of France’s Series Mania’s Co-production Forum. Roar Uthaug’s Fury received the honourable mention.
Black Port is a story set in a small town in the 1980s. Things at first seem good for the people in the town, and the fishing industry is booming. As time goes by however, the government levies fishing quotas which become restrictive, and have a major impact on the quality of life experienced by those who previously had only known prosperity.
“It’s a very strong local story, really located in this small town,” said Series Mania founder Laurence Herszberg as she announced the winner, “It has strong characters, you can feel the dramatic tension, and it’s really well written. I think it has all the elements to be interesting for an international audience.”
Black Port is produced by Vesturport. The series will be directed by Gísli Örn Garðarsson and fellow co-creator Björn Hlynur Haraldsson.