An oil-painted feature film is about to tell the life story of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh.
It is dubbed as the world’s first ever fully-painted feature film in the world, with its producers believing that “you cannot truly tell Vincent’s story without his paintings.”
The biographical film will follow the story of the young Armad Roulin (Booth) in his task to hand-deliver a letter to van Gogh’s brother, Theo. It will later become a mission to piece together the artist’s last days and bring into focus his tragic early death, with questions as to how and why he came to be shot by a gun in 1890 France.
“The plot of the movie will be similar to the investigation of Vincent van Gogh’s death, and we try to make sense of his death. Was it suicide? Was it murder? We don’t give any simple answer or declare which version is true. We don’t know that. But the investigation into the last days of van Gogh’s life help us understand the artist himself,” executive producer Sean Bobbitt said in an interview with Huffington Post.
The 94-minute feature film boasts breathtaking swirls and vivid colors reminiscent of the artist’s most famous works, such as the Starry Night, Café Terrace at Night, Sunflowers, Wheatfield with Crows and numerous self portraits.
Over 100 painters worked together to hand-paint a whopping 65,000 frames on 1,000 canvases. The actors, Saoirse Ronan, Aidan Turner, Douglass Booth and Chris O’Dowd, were filmed and painted over frame by frame, a process that took more than 6 years. One frame took about 40 minutes to finish. WHOA!
The movie is certainly setting up expectations for itself with the direction of Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman and Oscar-winning European film production companies BreakThru Films (Peter & the Wolf) and Trademark Films (The Madness of King George, Shakespeare in Love). From the looks of the trailer, however, expectation might just be exceeded.
While no information is out yet whether Loving Vincent will be released in the Philippines, the Loving Vincent team did say on a Facebook post that it will be in theaters worldwide, autumn season in the US. That could be any day from September to November, so mark your calendars.
Meanwhile, it is confirmed for a September 22 and 29 release in New York City and in Los Angeles, respectively.
Watch the movie’s captivating trailer here:
Photo from Huffington Post