Velvet Terrorists / Zamatoví teroristi

Three romantic heroes, who had a go at armed resistance against the communistic power in Czechoslovakia. All of them were sentenced according to the paragraph 93 – terror, neither of them, however, had killed nor injured anybody.
A night before May 1st, Stano had wanted to blow up a tribune, on which communistic fat cats were to sit. But he´d got drunk and the policemen found him staggering around the tribune with a bag full of explosives. He spent 5 years in prison.
Fero had wanted to assassinate president Gustáv Husák. But he didn’t manage to contact the CIA (they didn’t take his calls seriously). The police discovered his weapon and explosives hideaway and he was sentenced for 14 years.
Vladimír used to blow up bulletin boards of the Communistic Party. 53 altogether. He spent more than 4 years in prison.
But even terrorists have their private lives, their loves, their families.
And that is what this film is about.



Country of Production
Slovakia / Czech Republic / Croatia

Year of Production


83 min

Pavol Pekarčík, Ivan Ostrochovský, Peter Kerekes

Peter Kerekes, Czech Television, Radio and Television Slovakia, Hypermarket Film, Nukleus film, sentimentalfilm, partizanfilm

Original Language
Czech, Slovak


Festivals / Awards

Karlovy Vary IFF 2013 (FEDEORA Award)
FORUM Berlinale 2014 (TAGESSPIEGEL Readers' Prize)
ZagrebDox 2014
Sofia IFF 2014
Vilnius IFF 2014
GoEast FF Wiesbaden 2014
Hot Docs Toronto 2014
BuDoku IDF Budapest 2014
Neisse FF 2014
DOK.fest Munich 2014
Planete+ Doc FF Warsaw 2014 (Honorable Mention in Millennium Competition)
Transilvanian FF Cluj 2014
Festroia FF Setubal 2014
CinemaCity IFF Novi Sad 2014 (FIPRESCI Award)
Odessa IFF 2014
Pula IFF 2014
Melbourne IFF 2014
Dokufest Prizren 2014
Golden Boll FF Adana 2014
Let’s Cee FF Vienna 2014
Hamptons IFF 2014 (Special Mention)