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European Union Film Festival 2019 (National Gallery Singapore)

Jan Palach

Opening Date
13 May 2019
Rating
To Be Advised
Runtime
124 mins
Language
Czech with English subtitles
Genre
Drama
Director
Robert Sedláček
Cast
Viktor Zavadil, Zuzana Bydžovská, Denisa Barešová, Michal Balcar, Jan Vondráček
Synopsis
This biopic portrays the last six months in the life of Jan Palach. The philosophy student self-immolated to protest against the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia to crush the Prague Spring. The film opens with a dream-like sequence showing Jan lost in a snowy forest before seguing into the rapid developments of 1968. The "Prague hero's" death got worldwide attention and galvanized the nation with 600,000 people attending his funeral.
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