Presented by Adirondack Film Society, Loving Vincent is the world's first fully oil painted feature film.
Bringing 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 travelledfrom 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; the cast includes Douglas Booth, Eleanor Tomlinson, Jerome Flynn, Saoirse Ronan, Chris O'Dowd, John Sessions, Aidan Turner, Helen McCrory and introduces theatre actor Robert Gulaczyk in his first film role as Vincent van Gogh.
Nominated for a 2018 Golden Globe for Best Animated Motion Picture.
What the critics are saying:
"An animated masterpiece! An absolutely stunning film that not only does justice to the art of Van Gogh, but also to the art of movies. I have never seen anything on screen like it before. You will be amazed and lifted by this extraordinary film."
Pete Hammond, Deadline
"A one-of-a-kind work of art."
"Hypnotic and beguiling."
A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"Remarkable. You will marvel at the art in this labor-intensive labor-of-love."
Bob Mondello, NPR All Things Considered
"A new film that tears up the rule book of animation...I've not experienced anything like it before."
Florence Waters, The Telegraph
"A jaw-droppingly beautiful film."
Tomris Laffly, Film Journal International
"Never has there been a film that spoke to the heart of an artist like "Loving Vincent". Animation and fine art painting come together in this loving tribute to the work and life of a master artist."
Tony Bancroft, SIFF Animation Jury