Directed by Robert Sedláček, drama/history, 124 min, eng subtitles, 16+
Written by Eva Kantůrková
With Viktor Zavadil, Zuzana Bydžovská, Denisa Barešová, Kristína Kanátová, Jan Vondráček
Jan Palach was a Czech student of history and philosophy who took his life in January 1969 at the age of 20 in protest against the Soviet invasion of his country. Despite his importance in the post-war history of Czechoslovakia, Palach remains one of its most mysterious and unknown figures.
In his film, director Robert Sedláček creates an intimate psychological study seeking to shed more light on Palach’s personality and his experience of the hope-filled, short-lived period of liberalisation during the ‘Prague spring’, followed by the post-invasion atmosphere of moral degradation, defeatism and fear brought by the newly installed authoritarian regime.
Jan Palach depicts this dramatic historical period in vivid detail, while, at the same time, telling a timeless story ofsocial activism and individual revolt against an unjust social order. The film received the Czech Film Critics' Award for Best Film of 2018.
Czech Film Critics' Award (Best Film)
With the support of the Czech Embassy in Luxembourg