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Acclaimed director Agnieszka Holland (Europa, Europa) returns to a pivotal time in modern Czech history: the shocking act of a student of the Charles University's Faculty of Arts, who in protest of the Soviet occupation, set himself on fire in Prague's Wenceslas Square on the 16th of January 1969, and died four days later. 2014 **Palm Springs International Film Festival** nominee, Audience Award - Best Narrative Feature. *"GRIPPING, crisply acted. A tight and suspenseful ethical thriller." - A.O. Scott, **NY TIMES***
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On the 16th of January 1969 on Wenceslas Square in Prague, a young student sets himself on fire in front of dozens of passers-by. Police Major Jireš investigates the circumstances of Palach’s actions. His instructions are to stop any other “human torches.” The news of Palach’s self-burning quickly spreads among his colleagues – students at the Charles University’s Faculty of Arts. One of them is Ondřej Trávníček, who is a radical student protester. The heavily burnt young student is taken to the hospital where he is cared for by Dr. Ziková. Jan’s brother finds out about what Jan did and the morning after his mother learns of her son’s shocking act while on a train to Prague to meet with him.