Velvet Terrorists

Velvet Terrorists

彼得・克雷克斯Peter KEREKES
伊凡・奧斯特羅沃夫斯基Ivan OSTROCHOVSKÝ
帕沃・佩卡奇克Pavol PEKARČÍK
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Slovakia
  • DCP

Velvet Terrorists


This film follows three former Czechoslovakian regime terrorists, reenacting their acts while sharing their present lives. Stano sought to bomb a Communist party platform, Fero plotted a president's assassination, and Vladimír blew up billboards and distributed protest flyers. Blending reality and fiction, the film explores heroism, humour, and rebellion amidst totalitarianism with ironic subtlety.

'In Velvet Terrorists, there is one scene that's especially important to me. It's a film done by three directors [with Ivan Ostrochovský and Pavol Pekarcik] and it was very, very complicated to make it together. There were so many moments when I just wanted to leave. To say:“Ok guys, I will just be the producer.”But there was one moment when I fell in love with the film. When Vladimir and the young woman he has recruited to train to test a lie detector, she is asking him if he is training somebody to be a terrorist. He says yes. She asks if it's a woman. He says yes. She asks: “Are you in love with her?” Because she is in love with him. And then she just makes this loud gulping noise. It’s not a statement, just a silent moment of this hidden affection. It made me want to stay.' - Peter KEREKES

Festivals & Awards
2013 FEDEORA Award, Karlovy Vary IFF
2014 Berlinale
Director's Profile

Born in Košice, Slovakia, graduated from the Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. In 2003, he directed and produced his debut feature documentary, 66 Seasons, which garnered several awards, including the Best Film Award at DocAviv. His next feature documentary, Cooking History (2009), received the Prix Arte nomination for Best Documentary at the European Film Awards, among other plaudits. 107 Mothers (2021) is his latest film.

1994 Človek o knihe, kniha o človeku
1996 About Three Days in Jasov Monastery
1996 Balog Jozsef, Príbennik 66
1998 The Legends and Morytates of Ladomirova
2000 Zuzana from 8 am to 5 pm
2003 66 Seasons
2004 Helpers
2005 Pomník, ktorý nebol
2009 Cooking History
2009 Brno 1969
2012 Prvá
2013 Velvet Terrorists
2014 Slovakia 2.0: Second Chance
2015 Herec: Ivan Mistrík
2018 BATAstories
2020 Náhradníci
2021 107 Mothers

Born in 1972 in Zilina, Slovak. After several documentary shorts and series, Ivan directed his feature documentary debut Velvet Terrorists (2013), which was presented at the 2014 Berlinale, where it won the Tagesspiegel Readers’ Award. Ivan’s feature debut, Goat (2015), premiered at Berlinale in 2015 and was a nominee for the Best First Feature Award. It was also shortlisted for the 2015 European Film Awards and was the Slovak Oscar Entry for 2016.

2004 Lesser Evil
2006 Uli Biaho
2009 Ilja
2011 Celluloid Country
2011 Slovenské kino
2012 Cesta do stredu sveta
2013 Velvet Terrorists
2015 Garda
2015 Goat
2020 Servants
2023 Photophobia

A director, cinematographer, and producer. He has collaborated with several Slovak directors, inclulding Ivan Ostrochovský, Martin Šulík, and Iveta Grófová. His directorial feature debut, Velvet Terrorists (co-directed by Peter Kerekes and Ivan Ostrochovský), was presented at the Karlovy Vary IFF as a world premiere, receiving the FEDEORA Award, and at the prestigious Berlinale as an international premiere.

2013 Velvet Terrorists
2019 Silent Days
2023 STB: Prísne tajné
2023 Photophobia
Producer|Peter KEREKES
Cinematographer|Martin KOLLÁR
Editor|Marek ŠULÍK , Zuzana CSEPLO
Music|Marián ČURKO
Sound|Tobiáš POTOČNÝ
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