At university Štěpán Hulík became fascinated with popular movements that have had international significance. The story of Jan Palach, the period of normalization in Czechoslovakia, and human rights abuses became the inspiration for Burning Bush, his first screenplay.

A native of Uherské Hradiště, Štěpán Hulík graduated from the Department of Film Studies at Charles University and Faculty of Screenwriting and Dramaturgy at FAMU. He helped organize and produce the Summer Film School in Uherské Hradišti and the River Film Festival in Písek. Hulík won the Magnesia Litera Prize for Discovery of the Year for his book, Kinematografie zapomnění, in which he mapped out the state of Czech film during the period of normalization. Along with director Tomáš Kudrna, Hulík is adapting the novel Honzlová from the writer Zdena Salivarová.;at the age of twenty-five while still a student, Hulík wrote Burning Bush.

I remain
The testimonies of people who were there.

The Faithful I Remain website captures authentic and unique testimonies from witnesses of Palach’s sacrifice and presents fascinating stories from people who were inescapably affected by political trials, Soviet occupation and the subsequent “normalization”.

We invited publicly known figures to share their recollections of an historic and challenging time, resulting in a series of interviews full of intimate memories, experiences and impressions that illustrate critical turning points in the period of Communist rule.

The website was created by 2FRESH for HBO Europe s. r. o. to support the Burning Bush, a three-part drama from world-renowned Polish director Agnieszka Holland.The project was completed with assistance from the Prague City Council and Mayor of Prague MUDr. Bohuslav Svoboda.


HBO Europe's three-part drama Burning Bush, directed by world-renowned Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, premiered on the HBO film channel on 27th January 2013.

Both the most extensive and ambitious project in the history of HBO Europe, the film recalls a period of Czech modern history which had been ignored in Czech cinema until now.

The film begins with the reconstruction of the shocking act of Jan Palach, who set himself on fire on 16 January 1969 in protest against the Soviet occupation

The story follows the young lawyer who represents Jan Palach’s mother against an influential Communist official and serves to describe the transformation of the Czechoslovak society at the time – from the silent protest culminating at Palach’s burial to growing resignation and the upcoming period of “normalization.”

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