Agnieszka Holland helmed miniseries gets fest berth
PRAGUEPolish helmer Agnieszka Holland’s HBO Europe miniseries “Burning Bush” is to make its international debut at the Rotterdam Film Festival, the latest TV drama to play at a sprocket opera. The three-parter, which centers on the suicide of Czech dissident Jan Palach in 1969, will screen at the fest on Wednesday, following its world preem in Prague on Sunday. The drama follows the legal and political aftermath of Palach’s self-immolation in Wenceslas Square as a protest against the Soviet-backed regime. Slovak thesp Tatiana Pauhofova toplines as the attorney who fought to protect Palach’s reputation after the regime tried to discredit him. Holland made her international breakthrough with “Europa Europa” in 1990. She has also helmed episodes of HBO skeins “The Wire” and “Treme.” HBO Netherlands will air the first episode of “Burning Bush” on Feb. 5, and the remaining 13 countries reached by HBO Europe will begin airing it in March. The Rotterdam fest will also screen HBO’s “Girls,” and HBO Latin America’s “Profugos.” High-budget TV dramas are increasingly finding berths at the fests. Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake,” for example, plays at the Berlinale next month.