Years in the making, Loving Vincent is the world’s first fully painted film, consisting of nearly 1,000 individual canvases each created in the style of the film’s subject, Vincent Van Gogh. Loving Vincent opens shortly after the artist’s tragic death, with Armand, the son of Vincent’s postman, quickly developing an obsession over the life and death of the now legendary artist. Armand travels amongst those who knew Van Gogh best—which is to say those whom he painted—seeking an explanation for his self-inflicted gunshot wounds. Written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, Loving Vincent tells the story of the artist’s life and death in flashback, combining live-action, dramatic scenes that the film’s artisans have painted over in a manner similar to Richard Linklater’s rotoscope process, and reproductions of the artist’s most famous, show-stopping canvases, from Starry Night to The Night Café. It is little wonder that this marvel of production received a standing ovation at this year’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival.
Directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman | 2017 | In English | 95 minutes | PG-13 | DCP