Directed by Agnieszka Holland • 2013 • Czech Republic
Starring Tatiana Pauhofová, Jaroslava Pokorná, Petr Stach
Acclaimed director Agnieszka Holland (EUROPA, EUROPA) revisits a pivotal chapter in modern Czech history in this gripping, three-part miniseries. In January 1969, Jan Palach, a young university student, carried out a shocking act of political protest, setting himself ablaze in the center of Prague to denounce the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia. Unfolding with the crackling verve of a thriller, BURNING BUSH traces the explosive fallout of Palach’s death as Communist officials move to quash further dissent and his mother finds herself at the center of a vast government conspiracy. Masterfully evoking the Kafkaesque reality of life under totalitarianism, Holland crafts both a searing human drama and a galvanizing ode to resistance.