PLZEN: Jan Palach by Robert Sedláček will screen in the 32nd edition of the Finále Plzeň Film Festival. The most important Czech national film festival, presenting contemporary domestic audiovisual production, will run from 11 to 16 April 2019. Jan Palach won the Czech Film Critics' Award for best film in 2019.
The Czech/Slovak coproduction based on true events is dedicated to Jan Palach (played by Viktor Zavadil), the Czech student who committed self-immolation after the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact armies in 1968. The film focuses on the last months of Palach´s life and on his inner transformation before the protest act.
The film was produced by Viktor Schwarc through Cineart TV Prague in coproduction with the Czech Television, the Slovak company Arina Film Production, RTVS and Up&Up Production.
The film was supported by the Czech Film Fund, the Slovak Audiovisual Fund , the Prague Film Fund, the Ministry of Defence CR, the City of Prague and the City of Pardubice.
Jan Palach was released in the Czech Republic by CinemArt on 21 August 2018, the day of the 50th anniversary of the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia, and reached 89,000 admissions.
Coproducers:Czech Television (Czech Republic)Arina Film Production (Slovakia)RTVS (Slovakia)Up&Up Production (Czech Republic)
Credits:Director: Robert SedláčekScreenwriter: Eva KantůrkováDoP: Jan ŠusterEditor: Josef KrajbichCast: Viktor Zavadil, Zuzana Bydžovská, Denisa Barešová, JanVondráček, Michal Balcar, Karel Jirák