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Ob železnici 8
Maribor, Upravna enota Maribor, 2000

StopTrik International Film Festival is dedicated to stop motion techniques of hand-made, spatial animation as puppet film, claymation, object or photography manipulation, animation of loose materials (such as salt, sand etc), pixilation, traditional cut-out and many more. The list of sub-genres could be complemented with such exceptional techniques as animation of lights, fire, yarns, threads. Artists' imagination is limitless and so we can be neither orthodox nor strict while defining the term "stop motion". The ultimate goal of this unique annual gathering is to admire and celebrate artistry of hand-made, spatial animation together with all the other drifters of the surreal, absurd or merry highways who are ready to pursue frame by frame illusion.

COLINE LABOULAIS: 21:00 Departure for Buenos Aires


COLINE LABOULAIS: 21:00 Departure for Buenos Aires

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Vlasta Veselko & Anton Volkov. Photo: Janez Klenovšek

Vlasta Veselko & Anton Volkov. Photo: Janez Klenovšek

We’re indeed in Slovenia, a little country of the Balkans, outdoor the winter is smoothly settling in and however we feel like travelling way farther than Atlantic Ocean. Landing place: South America and its infinite warmness. First we made ourselves comfortable in the spacious ballroom of the Salon, ancient Decorative Art then Casino building of Maribor. The furniture seems to be from another era: Renaissance is flirting with rococo, and the melting pot of patterns and lamps from all styles are creating a kind of a cotton bubble where it feels good to be. During four days, this cafe will be the place for discovering, getting amazed, debating and experiencing everything that stop motion animation has to offer us. But right now, the dance floor has been cleared and candles are creating a cosy atmosphere: it’s tango time.

Finally, we hear the first notes of the bandoneon, its vibrant tones soon opposed to the grave strings of the contrabass. The piano makes its entrance, introducing the rhythm of tango with lights and joyful notes, then it’s the guitar’s turn: You have to lend an ear to hear its discreet accompaniment. Finally, the violin joins the dance, bringing a unique timbre to the Quintet. The Piazzolleky are about to make us dream. Between milongas and waltzes, music heats our heart and the singer’s jokes are bringing smiles to every faces. Suddenly, at the end of a song, a feminine voice make herself heard, the audience turns around and discover a splendid lady, with dream legs and angelic face, here is Vlasta Veselko. Her partner, Anton Volkov, a Russian strong man, appears at her side. With her slit up dress on, she gets closer from the dance floor while he joins her. Even from far, we already see their connection, and with few steps, they break the distance that split them. The entire audience freeze, amazed by their agility and by the speed of their legs. Something sensual is in the air, and an invisible link has been created between the two dancers. The musicians become even more intense, and it seems we are now out of time. The dancers perform their last movement, and leave the stage. 

Welcome back on earth, you’re indeed at StopTrik.