MIPTV: Beta Film Takes HBO Europe's 'Burning Bush'
The three-part miniseries tells the story of Jan Palach, the Czech student who set himself on fire in 1969 to protest the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia.
CANNES - Germany's Beta Film has picked up international distribution rights to Burning Bush, the three-part historic miniseries from HBO Europe directed by Oscar-nominee Agnieszka Holland (In Darkness).
The series, which premiered across HBO Europe's pay-TV channels in 15 countries earlier this year, tells the story of Jan Palach, the Czech student who, in 1969, set himself on fire in Prague’s Wenceslas Square to protest the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia.
The drama focuses on the largely untold story of defense attorney Dagmar Bureova, who headed up a legal battle by the Palach family to clear his name in the face of communist propaganda.
The big-budget production is the most ambitious original drama yet mounted by HBO Europe, the Hungarian-based European division of the U.S. pay-TV giant.
Beta, who also sold Holland's In Darkness worldwide, has picked up international rights to the production and will shop it to buyers at MIPTV, the television trade fare that kicks off Monday.