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Beyond the Face
A naive child who likes to daydream, must in order to fulfill his wish, cross the threshold into another world and give up his childhood.
In a world where adults have no faces and wear masks instead, a naive child spends his childhood dreaming about airplanes. During the play, he unknowingly stumbles upon a school catalog in which he notices a new school bag with an airplane design. He convinces his father to go and buy it at a nearby bookstore. The realization of his wish consequently leads to the confrontation with an unpleasant transition into a new world on the first day of school. Nalu has to give up his childhood and with that accept losing the face.
The basic motif, which was the central motivation and ideological background for making this animated film are the words of an English actress Amanda Richardson “In a world where everyone wears masks, it is a privilege to see the soul.” I wanted to write a poweful story and share a meaningful message that is based on a real life experience everyone can relate to, mixed with an abstract twist. I chose the stop motion technique with puppets, because i feel it can represent a softer and more pleasant mixture of the real world and fantasy filled with abstract and grotesque metaphors.
Anja Resman is a Slovenian animator, film director and creator of animated films. Born 1997 in Kranj. After graduating at Secondary school of design and photography in Ljubljana she created her first short stop motion animated film Anabel (2016). In her second year of college she created a short film Wake Up (2018). She is currently working on her master short stop motion puppet animated film Beyond the Face at School of Arts University of Nova Gorica.
Boštjan Potokar is the Dean of UNG School of Arts and coauthor of its study programmes, co-creator of several educational programmes, as well as the organizer and producer of a number of cultural projects. In 1994 he co-founded the predecessing Famul Stuart School of Applied Arts which later evolved and joined the University of Nova Gorica.
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