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ART

Starry Night in a Starry New Film

Mable Yiu

lovingvincent.com

lovingvincent.com

Right now in a studio in Gdansk, Poland, there lies a team hard at work on the world’s first ever painted feature film. The film traces the life of one of the world’s greatest and most notorious artists, Vincent van Gogh. 

Forget animations, forget claymations - every second of this film is a classically painted work of art. “Loving Vincent” features thousands of oil paintings on canvas strung together to create an ethereal yet effectual film about van Gogh’s life. Each painting is completed in the same style and technique of the great artist himself. Moreover, over 120 of van Gogh’s own works make appearances throughout the film amongst those of the hardworking team of painters. 

The film is directed by Dorota Kobiela, a Polish painter, and filmmaker Hugh Welchman, who trace the events leading up to the infamously mysterious death of 

The writers’ created the script from a composition of van Gogh’s letters. To be exact, they used over 800 of his letters, which allows for a very insightful and deeply personal look into his life. The artist is known for his dark and very short life, which the film writers capture well. However, it’s not all dark and stormy, as the writers and painters balance the grim details of van Gogh’s life with the beauty and grace of his work. 

As the late artist himself asked, “What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” The team of directors, writers, and painters certainly took this adventurous notion to heart. They have taken on a grand task of doing the notable and mysterious life of van Gogh’s justice by using his own painting techniques. In effect, the film joins together a new generation of painters with old world masterpieces to bring van Gogh’s biography to life. The film is set to open later this year. 

By Emily Allen