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by Agnieszka Holland


Based on real characters and events, this haunting drama focuses on the personal sacrifice of a Prague history student, Jan Palach, who set himself on fire in protest against the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1969. Dagmar Buresová, a young female lawyer, became part of his legacy by defending Jan's family in a trial against the communist government, a regime which tried to dishonour Palach's sacrifice, a heroic action for the freedom of Czechoslovakia

international title: Burning Bush
original title: Horící ker
country: Czech Republic
sales agent: Beta Cinema
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Agnieszka Holland
film run: 234'
screenplay: Štepán Hulík
cast: Tatiana Pauhofová, Jaroslava Pokorná, Petr Stach, Jan Budař, Ivan Trojan
cinematography by: Rafal Paradowski, Martin Štrba
film editing: Pavel Hrdlicka
art director: Milan Býček
costumes designer: Katarína Hollá
music: Antoni Łazarkiewicz
producer: Tomáš Hrubý, Pavla Kubečková
production: HBO Czech Republic, nutprodukce

main awards/selection

Toronto International Film Festival 2013 

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