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Sundance Now announced today its acquisition of Sanctuary, an English-language psychological thriller starring Josefin Asplund.

Sanctuary — Image courtesy of Sundance Now

Based on the novel The Devil’s Sanctuary by Marie Hermanson, Sanctuary stars Josefin Asplund (Conspiracy of Silence, Vikings, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) in a dual role alongside Emmy®-nominee and two-time Golden Globe® nominee Matthew Modine (Stranger Things, The Dark Knight Rises, And the Band Played On).

The eight-part psychological thriller follows estranged Swedish identical twins Siri and Helena (Asplund), who have always had a complex relationship. Traumatized by the loss of her partner, when Helena receives an invitation to visit Siri at an exclusive residential sanatorium in the Alps, she is reluctant but figures it will be a nice vacation.

Despite the peacefulness of the clinic, Helena refuses Siri’s plea for help in swapping places for a few days to take care of some business, but then wakes up to find Siri gone. Soon she realizes that Siri isn’t coming back, and that the clinic is far from a place of recovery; it’s a facility for studying psychopaths.

Helena is now trapped in a waking nightmare in which no one is who they seem to be, and everyone believes that she is Siri. Surrounded by the most predatory and manipulative people imaginable, including the director of the sanctuary, Dr. Marvin Fisher (Modine), escape is Helena’s second order of business; her first problem is simple survival.

A production of Sweden’s Yellow Bird and Italy’s Fabula Pictures, the series is created and written by Charlie Fletcher (Wire in the Blood) and Rachel Flowerday (Father Brown), and directed by Óskar Thór Axelsson (Trapped) and Enrico Maria Artale (My Bow Breathing). It costars Will Mellor (Broadchurch), Agnieszka Grochowska (Child 44), Philip Arditti (The Danish Girl), Lorenzo Richelmy (Marco Polo), Richard Brake (Game of Thrones), and Barbara Marten (Riviera).

Sanctuary will make its exclusive US and Canadian premiere on Sundance Now beginning Thursday, April 23, 2020.


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Sanctuary: Sundance Now Acquires Swedish Psychological Thriller
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