Sonja is a poetic portrayal of the story of the sightless potter Sona Zeliskova, who, despite adverse fate, found her life journey in art and ceramics.
The film experiments with audio-visual components to recount Sonya's unique story. Combining a documentary, narrative and poetic approach, this short film attempts to denounce the real life story via poetic language.
Director Maroš Milčík and cameraman Gašper Šnuder used special infrared technology, in order to achieve a surrealistic black-and-white visual. The unique picture thus emerged purely in-camera without the use of post-production.
Sonja carries an one-of-a-kind story of a lifetime struggle, overcoming obstacles and love for art. At the age of 13, she was diagnosed with diabetes. At 26, right by the birth of her son, she completely lost her sight. At age of 39, nevertheless, she has found her life purpose and passion in ceramics and became a successful artist. Today, Sonja runs ceramics courses, lectures at conferences and has become a life inspiration for others.
Maros is a young self-taught film-maker, who works within central Europe. His passion started becoming a profession already during high school years, while he worked on several VFX projects. Based on the quality of his work, he got hired as a Motion designer by one of the leading advertising agencies in Slovakia. After five years of work as a Design Team leader, he still felt drawn to filmmaking.
Besides commercial jobs, Maros invests a lot of his focus into passion projects, where he can develop his creative potential, unrestrained by customer needs. He is currently simultaneously working on short documentary series, combining the eye-catching audio-visual techniques with the power of story-telling.