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Year of the Devil
Directed by Petr Zelenka
Starring Jaromír Nohavica
Release date(s) 2002
Running time 88 min.
Country Czech Republic
Language Czech / English / Dutch

Year of the Devil (Czech: ''Rok ďábla'') directed by Petr Zelenka is a 2002 Czech Republic fictional documentary film. In the movie the following musicians acted as themselves: Czech folk music band Čechomor, musicians and poets Jaromír Nohavica, Karel Plihal and British musician and composer Jaz Coleman. The soundtrack also includes two pieces by the Killing Joke: Frenzy and Exorcism.


Dutch documentary film director, Jan Holman, goes to the Czech Republic to make a film about curing alcoholism. At an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting he finds a man named Jaromir Nohavica who becomes his friend. Another friend of Nohavica, Karel Plihal, becomes mute, and Nohavica decides to start a tour with the band Čechomor to help cure him. When Jan Holman follows with his camera in tow, he finds many inexplicable events along the way.

Awards and nominations

It was awarded the Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and won the "Findling" Award and the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cottbus Film Festival of Young East European Cinema in 2002. In 2003 it won 6 Czech Lions, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Editing, and was nominated for 5 more, including Best Sceenplay and Best Cinematography. In the same year it won the Prize Trieste at the Trieste Film Festival.

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