HBO Europe's first major TV series.
Presented in Prague, Czech Republic, at the end of January, Burning Bush is the first major local production of HBO Europe. It is a three-part miniseries created for HBO by Polish director Agnieszka Holland that reconstructs the story that has left a deep mark on the Czechoslovak society and, more broadly, in all the countries of Eastern Europe.
Burning Bush focuses on the personal sacrifice of Prague history student Jan Palach who in September 1969 set himself on fire in protest against the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia (the so-called "Prague Spring"). Dagmar Buresova, a young female lawyer (played by Tatiana Pauhofova, shown below), became part of his legacy by defending Palach's family in a trial against the communist government.
"To open a line of large-scale production in Europe, we chose a story with universal values of truth, humanity, honor, justice and courage," said Antony Root, executive vice president of HBO Europe, during a preview presentation to 167 journalists from many Western and Eastern European countries.
The Burning Bush press conference took place at Prague's Lucerna Kino, followed a few days later by the Premier Gala Event, held at Prague's Slovansky dum and then a reception at Obecni dum. (By Enzo Chiarullo in Prague)