'Loving Vincent' is the world’s first fully painted feature film. It tells the story of the last years of Vincent van Gogh's life. 'Loving Vincent' is a 2018 Academy Award® nominee for 'Best Animated Feature Film'. The 90th Academy Awards® ceremony will take place on March 4.
The Van Gogh Museum congratulates Loving Vincent with their nomination!
Loving Vincent directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman followed their dreams in making this film, similar to Vincent van Gogh. ‘Van Gogh painted because he had to, he believed in himself and couldn’t do otherwise than chase his dream – despite not receiving recognition for his work. Loving Vincent is an incredible project that, thanks to the passion and dedication of all those involved, was realised against all odds. This nomination is an homage to creativity and the need to follow your dreams. If you ask me, it’s a timeless message: believe in yourself!’ (Axel Rüger, Director of the Van Gogh Museum)
The making of Loving Vincent
Loving Vincent (94 mins, 2017) is an animated film that explores the last years of Vincent van Gogh’s life. The film brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story.
The Loving Vincent team spent years re-imagining over 120 of Vincent’s paintings into the medium of film. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by 125 professional oil-painters who travelled from all across the world to the Loving Vincent studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production.
Loving Vincent and the Van Gogh Museum
The film charts Vincent van Gogh’s death through interviews with characters from his life. Loving Vincent blends historical facts with a fictional plot. The Van Gogh Museum has supported this film since 2014, and in its role as knowledge and research centre, has been able to provide the makers with a wealth of information. Axel Rüger, the Director of the Van Gogh Museum, officially approved the concept and the film script.
After five years of dedicated work on the film, Loving Vincent premiered in France at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival on 13 June 2017. The film was awarded the Audience Award and even received a 10-minute standing ovation. Loving Vincent also won the 'Best Animation Award' at the Shanghai International Film Festival.
Worldwide screening and events
Loving Vincent will be screened in cinemas all over the world. Cinéart film distributor has released the film in Dutch cinemas. Take a look at the Loving Vincent website to see which events are held close to you.
More about Loving Vincent
If you are curious about all of the paintings created especially for this animated film, or if would like to find out more about the cast and crew, head to the Loving Vincent website for additional information.