Kino Lorber has acquired U.S. rights to the Agnieszka Holland-directed film that follows the plight of Czech student Jan Palach, who set himself on fire to protest the the Soviet occupation of Prague in 1969, and his family’s legal fight to clear his name. Having lived in Czechoslovakia at the time the events took place, Holland made Burning Bush as a three-part, 234-minute HBO Europe miniseries, and subsequently edited it herself as a 206-minute feature length work. The nearly four-hour version of the film (at 234 minutes) is slated to open at New York’s Film Forum on June 11, before a national theatrical expansion during the summer followed by VOD and home media rollout later in 2014. Kino Lorber also controls U.S. television rights which does not include any planned HBO broadcast in the U.S. This deal was negotiated between Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber and Dirk Schürhoff, the Managing Director at Beta Cinema.
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