Sonja is a poetic portrayal of the story of the sightless artist Sona Zeliskova, who despite adverse fate found her life journey in art and ceramics
The film experiments with audio-visual components to recount Sona's unique story. Combining a documentary, narrative and poetic approach, this short film attempts to depict the real-life story via poetic language.
We 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.
Sona carries a one-of-a-kind story of a lifetime struggle, overcoming obstacles while flourishing her 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 for ceramics and became a successful artist. Today, Sona runs ceramics courses, lectures at conferences and has become a life inspiration for many others.
Directed by Maroš Milčík
Cinematography by Gašper Šnuderl
Original Score by Matúš široký
Sound Design by Defacto Sound
Color by Toby Tomkins, CHEATH
Copy consultant: Juraj Vozár
Edited by Miroslav Gerbel, Maroš Milčík
Full credits in film.