Year of the Devil

  • Petr Zelenka
  • Czech Republic
  • 2002
  • 88'
  • Rok ďábla

Year of the Devil is a twisted and amusing mix of fiction, documentary, and fantasy centered on Jan Holman, a recovering alcoholic and documentary filmmaker. With the intention of making a documentary film, he enters a rehab center where he meets the famous Czech musician Jaromír Nohavica. When Jaromír decides to start a concert tour with the funeral band Čechomor, Jan abandons his initial plans and joins the peculiar group. The film is based on the true story of Jaromír Nohavica, who plays a fictionalized version of himself. For its subject matter and humor it is often compared with the iconic music mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap. It has been awarded the Crystal Globe for Best Film in Karlovy Vary.


Petr Zelenka

Theater director and screenwriter born in Prague in 1967. His most renowned work is the black comedy play Tales of Common Insanity, which he subsequently transferred to the big screen. The film was shown at the 2006 Zagreb Film Festival.

Year of the Devil

Petr Zelenka
Petr Zelenka
Negativ s.r.o., Czech Television Studio Brno, Čestmír Kopecký, Falcon a.s.
Jaromír Nohavica, Karel Plíhal, Čechomor, Jan Prent, Jaz Coleman
Miro Gábor
David Charap
Pavel Strnad
Festivals & Awards
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2002 – Crystal Globe for Best Film

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