Loving Vincent is a 2017 animated biographical drama film about the life of painter Vincent Van Gogh, and in particular, the circumstances of his death. It is the first fully painted animated feature film. The film, written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, is a Polish production, funded by the Polish Film Institute, and partially through a Kickstarter campaign.
First conceived as a 7-minute short movie in 2008, Loving Vincent was idealized by Dorota Kobiela, a painter herself, after studying the techniques and the artist’s story through his letters.
Each of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of 125 painters. The film premiered at the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. It won Best Animated Feature Film Award at the 30th European Film Awards in Berlin and was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 90th Academy Awards.
One year after Vincent van Gogh’s suicide, Postman Joseph Roulin asks his son Armand to deliver Van Gogh’s last letter to his brother, Theo. Père Tanguy, a Montmartre art supplier, tells Armand that Theo has actually died six weeks after Vincent. He suggests Armand travel to Auvers-sur-Oise and look for Dr. Gachet, who housed Van Gogh after his release from an asylum, shared his love for art, and attended the funeral. Once there, Armand learns that the doctor is out on business, so he stays at the same inn that Van Gogh did during his time in the area. There he meets temporary proprietress Adeline Ravoux, who was fond of Van Gogh and was also surprised by his death.
Armand returns home, and Postman Roulin later receives word from Theo’s widow, Johanna, thanking Armand for returning the letter – signed, “Your loving Vincent.”
Loving Vincent – France – 2018 Oscar Nomination Best Animated Feature
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