Loving Vincent

An animated hand-painted masterwork about Vincent Van Gogh.

NR, 95 minutes

The man was carrying nothing; his hands clasped to a fresh bullet wound leaking blood from his belly. This was Vincent van Gogh, then a little known artist; now the most famous artist in the world. His tragic death has long been known, what has remained a mystery is how and why he was shot.

Over 62,000 oil paintings and a cast including Chris O’Dowd and Saoirse Ronan bring the story of Vincent Van Gogh’s life and death to the screen in the world’s first feature-length painted animation. Inspired by a letter Vincent Van Gogh penned in the week before he died, in which he noted that “we cannot speak other than by our paintings”, Oscar-winner Hugh Welchman & Polish painter Dorota Kobiela decided to make a movie doing exactly that. Hiring an army of painters from across Europe, each trained in the Dutch master’s style, they set out to tell his story the way he himself would. (2017, Hugh Welchman & Dorota Kobiela, UK, 95 min)

“An animated film like no other, Loving Vincent is a staggering visual achievement.” -Totalfilm

“A triumph of painstaking technical prowess. See it for its nuanced take on a huge cultural figure and to applaud its astounding audacity.” -Empire

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