“CRITIC’S PICK! Thoughtful, gripping…does a remarkably persuasive job of capturing the nightmarish and sometimes grimly comical quality of life under totalitarianism…a tight and suspenseful ethical thriller.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times
On August 13, at 6:45 pm, Washington, DC’s Avalon Theatre will feature for one night only world-renowned director Agnieszka Holland’s internationally hailed epic film Burning Bush (Hořící keř), which garnered nine Czech Lion Awards. Burning Bush is a powerful story of Jan Palach, a Czechoslovak student who set himself on fire to protest the Soviet invasion of his country in 1968. This epic three-part drama was HBO Europe’s most ambitious, big-budget project to date.
Holland’s work illustrates the scar that the invasion left on the face of the nation as well as what Václav Havel called “the moral contamination” that spread as a result the communists’ attempt to return the country back to totalitarian normalcy. The storyline begins with Palach’s heroic act and subsequently follows Dagmar Burešová, a young female lawyer who defended Palach’s family against the totalitarian regime as it attempted to discredit Palach’s sacrifice. Burning Bush is a stunning story of a fight for freedom, moral principles, and self-sacrifice.(Dir: Agnieszka Holland, 2013, 234 min., Czech with English subtitles)
There will be a 15 minute intermission between Part 2 and Part 3 of the film.
The screening is part of the Lions of Czech Film Series in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic.
Tickets will be available via www.theavalon.org/movies/burning-bush/ or at the door.
Location: Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
More about the film: http://www.hbo-europe.com/burningbush/