The three-part HBO miniseries Hořící keř (Burning Bush), which tells the story of the events following Jan Palach’s self-immolation in January 1969, debuted on Czech Television on January 27 2013 and has been met with praise and enthusiasm. It made its international premiere three days later at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, and the final part will be broadcast on February 10.
The miniseries has already started airing in the Netherlands, “and the remaining 13 stations in the HBO Europe group will air Burning Bush in March,” says Gerald Buckland, responsible for corporate and international communication for HBO Europe.
More than two decades after the fall of the country’s communist regime and despite a vibrant film industry that often deals with historical incidents – among them the assassination of Deputy Reich Protector Reinhard Heydrich in Protektor and the devaluation of the Czechoslovak crown in the award-winning Ve stínu – this is the first time Palach’s story has been brought to the screen.
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