Loving Vincent, a film about impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh, is created by the same technique the famous painter used himself – oil on canvas. It is the first film of its kind; no other film has been made with this technique.
Loving Vincent recounts van Gogh’s last days. The film reconstructs them from his personal letters and visualises them through interviews with people who were close to him. The film is directed by Polish painter and director Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman.
‘Dorota Kobiela came with the idea to make a short film in 2007. But between 2009 and 2010, the studio decided that the story would better suit a feature film so the team started working on screenplay. The production itself started in fall 2014,‘ comments Sean Bobbit of Breakthru Films.
The premiere was set on the 125th anniversary of van Gogh death – 29th July 2015. But the date was postponed as the studio invited more painters to work on the film. Official information indicate that the film is to be finished this fall. The world premiere will be probably held at one of international film festivals.
The film is produced by the Academy award-winning studio Breakthru films (the studio won the Oscar in 2008 for their animated short Peter and the Wolf) and the studio Trademark Films. It is funded by the Polish Film Institute, The Lower Silesian Film Fund, the city of Wroclaw (European Capital of Culture 2016) and also private funds. The total budget is almost 5 million EUR.
The film is currently being made with the help of 80 painters but the studio still searches for new co-workers. More info about job opportunities for animators can be found here: http://join.lovingvincent.com/