Vincent Van Gogh has been portrayed more than once on both the big and small screen. Kirk Douglas played the tragic painter in “Lust For Life,” Jacques Dutronc portrayed the artist in “Van Gogh,” Tchéky Karyo got out the paint for “Vincent et moi,” and even Martin Scorsese took on the role in Akira Kurosawa‘s “Dreams.” However, it’s not until Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman‘s “Loving Vincent” that someone thought to try and tell Van Gogh’s story with an animation style that mimics his work.
The world’s first feature film animated by oil paintings, “Loving Vincent” features the voices of Aidan Turner, Saoirse Ronan, Chris O’Dowd and Helen McCrory, and more, and explores the life and death of the artist whose imagination captured the world’s attention. Here’s the official synopsis:
LOVING VINCENT, the world’s first fully oil painted feature film, brings the artwork of Vincent van Gogh to life in an exploration of the complicated life and controversial death of one of history’s most celebrated artists. More than six years in the making with the help of 125 specially trained painters, LOVING VINCENT is a uniquely animated film composed of 65,000 painted frames. Drawn from meticulous research and inspired by van Gogh’s masterpieces, subjects, and 800 personal letters, LOVING VINCENT captures the world of van Gogh in a cinematic experience like no other.
“Loving Vincent” opens on September 22nd.