Maroš Šlapeta

“A film should evoke laughter, fear, anger or sadness in the spectator – or move them to tears. I believe Children to be the last case. It tells of things that all of us know. Everyone is someone’s child or has their own child or children. Film Children is essentially a collection of four simple film ballads about parents and children. Besides moving the spectator they also have the power to make them think. Despite the fact that little is spoken during the film, it is highly communicative. I think that there are several scenes or images that will stay in the spectator’s mind: the sea at the coast of an abandoned beach in Bulgaria with a yellow inflatable floating there and forth in it, a chimney looming above disintegrating Dobšiná cloaked in autumn colors, a small paper airplane flying over Sandberg in Devínska Nová Ves and then crashing into it, a small black form running across a white snow-covered silent plain and knee-deep in pure snow and many other images featuring great actors, e.g. János Gosztonyi. Even though the ballads end in a sad fashion, they have a liberating quality to them.”

Maroš Šlapeta (1972, Bratislava) graduated in architecture from Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava and later graduated in editing from the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava where he also teaches since 2004. He collaborated with Jaro Vojtek as an editor on feature documentary films Here we are (2005) and The Border (2009). Among his filmography we also count documentary films as Little Mad Robinson (directed by Tina Diosi, 2010), Ilja (directed by Ivan Ostrochovský, 2010), The Edge – 4 films about Marek Brezovský (directed by Partik Lančarič, 2014) and feature films as The Return of the Storks (directed by Martin Repka, 2007), The Great Thaw (directed by Viktor Tauš, 2008), Fine, Thanks (directed by Mátyás Prikler, 2013), Visible World (directed by Peter Krištúfek, 2011), Made in Ash (directed by Iveta Grófová, 2012), The Only Known Photography of God from the Slovakia 2.0 film project (directed by Peter Krištúfek, 2014). He works as a dramaturg and a producer.