Agnieszka Holland • 2013 • Czech Republic
A 3-part series about a pivotal moment in Czech history.
On January 16th, 1969, twenty-year-old Jan Palach, a student of history and political economy, set himself on fire in Prague's Wenceslas Square. Young female lawyer Dagmar Buresová takes on the legal battle Palach's family wages against the occupying totalitarian regime, defending the sacrifice of one young man for his nation's freedom.
Having directed episodes of The Killing, The Wire, and House of Cards, Agnieszka Holland's original mini-series premiered at Rotterdam, New York, and Hong Kong, where it won the SIGNIS Award. Burning Bush won 11 Czech Lions, including Best Film and Best Director, and is a New York Times Critics' Pick.