Loving Vincent – (dir. Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman)
Belbas Theater, Washington Pavilion
6PM: Ticket includes admission to the Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center for gallery viewing and a special pre-film art conversation on Post-Impressionism and the life and art of Van Gogh led by Dr. Lindsay Twa, Associate Professor of Art at Augustana University.
7PM: Film Event in Belbas Theater
(Admission included for Fast Pass holders.)
TRT: 95 min
Genre: Animation, Drama, Art
Film Summary: The film brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by 125 professional oil-painters who travelled from all across the world to the LOVING VINCENT studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production. As remarkable as Vincent’s brilliant paintings, is his passionate and ill-fated life, and mysterious death.
No other artist has attracted more legends than Vincent van Gogh. Variously labelled a martyr, a lustful satyr, a madman, a genius and a layabout, the real Vincent is at once revealed in his letters, and obscured by myth and time. Vincent himself said in his last letter: ‘We cannot speak other than by our paintings’. We take him at his word and let the paintings tell the real story of Vincent van Gogh.
Loving Vincent was first shot as a live action film with actors, and then hand-painted over frame-by-frame in oils. The final effect is an interaction of the performance of the actors playing Vincent’s famous portraits, and the performance of the painting animators, bringing these characters into the medium of paint. Loving Vincent stars famous faces to match the famous paintings they portray
What the critics are saying:
A triumph of painstaking technical prowess and stunning visuals over storytelling and dialogue. See it for its nuanced take on a huge cultural figure and to applaud its astounding audacity.
– Ian Freer, Empire
A long and arduous labor of love by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, this film turns van Gogh’s work into an unusual kind of biopic.
– A.O. Scott, The NYTimes
Reportedly the first fully painted animated film in history, this seven-years-in-the-making effort is often breathtakingly beautiful.
– Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
Every one of the nearly 65,000 frames in this near-lunatic labor of love was rendered by hand with oil paints, following a style intended to mimic that of the master.
– Peter Debruge, Variety
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