This Three-Part TV Mini Series is Now on Fandor
Part 1: 160 mins./ Part 2: 80 mins.
Directed by: Agnieszka Holland
Produced by: Tomáš Kruby Hrubý and Pavla Kubečková
Writer: Štěpán Hulík / Cinematographer: Martin Štrba / Editor: Pavel Hrdlička.
Music: Antoni Komasa-Lazarkiewicz
Cast: Tatiana Pauhofová (Dagmar Burešová), Jaroslava Pokorná (Palach’s mother), Ivan Trojan (police detective Jireš), Petr Stach (Palach’s brother).
In Czech with English subtitles.
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The three-part drama, directed by the Polish director Agnieszka Holland, is HB Europe’s most ambitious, big-budget project to date. The film returns to a pivotal time in modern Czech history, ignored in Czech cinema until now. It begins with a reconstruction of the shocking act of a Czech university student, who in protest of the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia, set himself on fire in Prague’s Wenceslas Square on January 16, 1969, and died four days later. Through the story of the brave defense attorney Dagmar Burešov, who defended Palach’s legacy in a doomed lawsuit, the film examines the transformations taking place in Czechoslovak society after the invasion of the armies of the Warsaw Pact in August of 1968 and the installation of a hardline Communist government. It depicts the beginnings of Czech and Slovak resistance against the occupation, which reached its apex with the mass protests during Palach’s funeral. It also shows the nation’s gradual resignation under the pressure of fear and harsher persecution.
Directed by acclaimed Polish director Agnieszka Holland (EUROPA, EUROPA), who was a student at the FAMU film school in Prague during this tumultuous period. BURNING BUSH initially broadcast on television in the Czech Republic and later screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Telluride Film Festival, and the Toronto International Film Festival where it was received to both audience and critical acclaim.
About Agnieszka Holland
Long commended for her politically engaged work as a director and screenwriter, Agnieszka Holland emerged from the Polish New Wave of the 1970s and ’80s after working on scripts with fellow Polish director Andrzej Wajda. Her films have been nominated for three Academy Awards: EUROPA, EUROPA (1990) was nominated for Best Screenplay (and won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film), and ANGRY HARVEST (1985) and IN DARKNESS (2011) were nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. She has directed episodes of the acclaimed television series THE KILLING, TREME, and THE WIRE, making her a natural choice for the Czech production and writing team for their HBO Europe production of BURNING BUSH. She recently completed the NBC miniseries, ROSEMARY’S BABY.
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