Loving Vincent trailer: World first biopic created out of 65,000 oil paintings

The partially Kickstarter-funded film is the first fully painted feature film in the world

Clarisse Loughrey
Friday 25 August 2017 16:32
Loving Vincent Teaser Trailer

A proof that CGI won't ever fully overshadow the innovations of 2D animation.

Loving Vincent marks the world's first fully painted feature film; a biopic of Vincent van Gogh's life crafted out of an incredible 65,000 oil paintings on canvas, equating to around 12 paintings per second, individually produced by a team of 125 painters.

Written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, the film delves into van Gogh's tragic death; on 27 July, 1890, he shot himself in the chest. There were no witnesses as to what happened, but he managed to stumble back into the town of Auvers-sur-Oise, where he was attended to by two doctors. He died 30 hours later of an infection.

The film attempts to illuminate the circumstances of his death, and also the more misunderstood parts of his life, through the stories of those who crossed his path.

Partially funded through a Kickstarter campaign, the film has still managed to amass a stellar cast: Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Saoirse Ronan, Helen McCrory, Chris O'Dowd, John Sessions, Eleanor Tomlinson, and Aidan Turner all star. The film was first shot as a live action film with the actors, before each frame was hand-painted over.

It took over 4 years to first develop the technique, and then over 2 years to create the film itself, with work being completed in studios in the Polish cities of Gdansk and Wroclaw, alongside another in Athens.

Loving Vincent will hit UK cinemas 13 October, with a film premiere plus Q&A with special guests broadcast live from the National Gallery on 9 October. You can find out more info here.

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