Burning Bush

Directed by Agnieszka Holland

Synopsis

Acclaimed director Agnieszka Holland (Europa, Europa) returns to a pivotal time in modern Czech history: the shocking act of a student of the Charles University's Faculty of Arts, who in protest of the Soviet occupation, set himself on fire in Prague's Wenceslas Square on the 16th of January 1969, and died four days later.

Through the story of the brave defense attorney Dagmar Buresova, 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. 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.

Film Info

Release Year: 2014
Running Time: 243
Color Type: Color
Country: Czech Republic
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Acclaimed director Agnieszka Holland (Europa, Europa) returns to a pivotal time in modern Czech history: the shocking act of a student of the Charles University's Faculty of Arts, who in protest of the Soviet occupation, set himself on fire in Prague's Wenceslas Square on the 16th of January 1969, and died four days later.

Cast

    Ivan Trojan
    Jan Budar
    Jaroslava Pokorná
    Petr Stach
    Tatiana Pauhofová

Crew

  • Directed by Agnieszka Holland

Reviews

"GRIPPING, crisply acted. A tight and suspenseful ethical thriller." - A.O. Scott, NY TIMES

"Full of humor, tragedy, political thoughtfulness and sharply observed details." -Andrew O'Hehir, SALON

"Holland (is) in masterful form...long on narrative power, emotional conviction and moral responsibility." - Stuart Klawans, The Nation

"A deluxe multi-character drama that blends real history with semi-fictionalized spy thriller and soap opera elements. We could almost be watching an Iron Curtain version of Mad Men." - Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

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Photos

  • Jenovéfa Boková (as Vlaďka Charouzová), Adrian Jastraban (as Vladimír Charouz), and Tatiana Pauhofová (as Dagmar Burešová) in BURNING BUSH, a film by Agnieszka Holland.
    • Tatiana Pauhofová (as Dagmar Burešová) and Patrik Děrge (as Pavel Janda) in BURNING BUSH, a film by Agnieszka Holland.
      • Tatiana Pauhofová (as Dagmar Burešová) in BURNING BUSH, a film by Agnieszka Holland.
        • Jan Budař (as Radim Bureš) and Tatiana Pauhofová (as Dagmar Burešová) in BURNING BUSH, a film by Agnieszka Holland.
          • Jan Budař (as Radim Bureš) and Tatiana Pauhofová (as Dagmar Burešová) in BURNING BUSH, a film by Agnieszka Holland.
            • Lukáš Černoch (as Jan Palach) in BURNING BUSH, a film by Agnieszka Holland.