Screening Selection

Film Info

Film Year: 2018

Film Duration: 4 min

Country: Slovakia

Language: English


Maroš Milčík

Film Category

Best Experimental


Sonja is a poetic portrayal of the story of the sightless potter Sona Zeliskova, who despite adverse fate found her life yourney 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. Sonya 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, Sona runs ceramics courses, lectures at conferences and has become a life inspiration for others.