Jan Palach. The student, who burned himself in 1969 to protest against the Soviet invasion to Czechoslovakia. An uncompromising young man who brought the ultimate sacrifice in a hope to rouse the nation from lethargy. His name is known to everyone in the Czech Republic. The film shows the last months of Palach’s life, his path from an affectionate son, a devoted friend, a sensitive and thoughtful philosophy student to the “Torch number 1”. Two other deaths by self-immolation followed in the occupied Czechoslovakia but the communist regime helped by Soviet tanks regained full control over its citizens for 20 more years.
Cast / Viktor Zavadil , Zuzana Bydžovská , Denisa Barešová , Kristína Kanátová , Michal Balcar , Karel Jirák , Jan Vondráček Writer / Eva Kantůrková Costumes / Tomáš Chlud DoP / Jan Šuster Editor / Josef Krajbich Make-Up / Jana Bílková Music / Michal Rataj Set Designer / Martin Kurel Sound / Robert Slezák Story / Eva Kantůrková