Martin Šulík (born in 1962 in Žilina, Slovakia) is the son of actor Anton Šulík. He studied film and television direction at the Academy of Performing Arts (VŠMU) in Bratislava (1981-1986) from which he graduated by his film Staccato (1986) awarded at a number of festivals. During his studies, he made several short films based on his own stories and screenplays. Between 1986–1991, he worked as assistant director in the short film studio, occasionally taking up theatre direction as well (Brecht’s Mr. Puntilla and His Man Matti and Witkiewicz’s Mother), acted in films and made documentary films. From the beginning of the 1990s, he made primarily feature-length feature films, characteristic for their poetic, symbolical tone, nostalgic atmosphere, existential dimension and episodic structure. The majority of these were made in cooperation with his permanent creative team (script writers Ondřej Šulaj and Marek Leščák, cameraman Martin Štrba, designer František Lipták and composer Vladimír Godár). Most of his films were awarded at numerous festivals, mainly Záhrada/ The Garden (Czech Lion Awards for the best film, direction and screenplay; Audience Award at the Mannheim IFF, Grand Prix at the Cottbus Film Festival; Special Jury Mention, FIPRESCI AWARD and Ecumenical Jury Award at the Karlovy Vary IFF). His filmmaking and opinion is recorded in the profile anthology Svet v pohyblivých obrazoch Martina Šulíka/ The World in the Moving Pictures of Martin Šulík (Bratislava, SFÚ 2000). Further on, 5 screenplays were published in book form (Bratislava, FSÚ 2003) and in 2001, a soundtrack from his films was issued on CD. Martin Šulík is the head of the Department of Film and Television Direction at VŠMU; he receives invitations to discussions with students of other film schools, workshops, festivals and similar events.
1991: Neha / Tenderness
1992: Všetko čo mám rád / Everything I Love
1995: Záhrada / The Garden
1997: Orbis Pictus
2000: Krajinka / Landscape
2005: Slnečný štát / The City of the Sun
2007: Martin Slivka – muž, ktorý sadil stromy / Martin Slivka – The Man who Panted Trees (documentary)
2009: 25 ze šedesátých I., II. / 25 from the Sixties I., II. (documentary)
2011: Cigán / Gypsy
2014: Slovensko 2.0
Pohreb prezidenta (Orig.) / 2014 / Slovakia / 10 min
“Václav Havel was the bearer of the values that were at the start of the societal changes in 1989. Truth and love were to win, though ultimately the fight was about political power. There were debates about equality in law, about justice, tolerance and the need for solidarity. None of the ideals has been yet fulfilled..."
Slovensko 2.0 (Orig.) / 2014 / Slovakia / 112 min
What is “Slovakia”? How to explain the notion of “Slovakia” of the past 20 years to an unknown stranger, a visitor from another planet? What is the genetic makeup or the software for “Slovakia”? How to use it? How does it change?