Screencap via Aaron Rickle’s YouTube Channel Screencap via Aaron Rickle’s YouTube Channel

‘Loving Vincent,’ the world's first film made of oil paintings

Tue, Oct. 17, 2017
CAIRO – 17 October 2017: “Loving Vincent” is the world’s first ever film completely animated through oil paintings and is a biography of the tragic life of artist Vincent van Gogh. It is a fitting title for a truly one-of-a-kind achievement.

Released on September 22, “Loving Vincent” is set a year after van Gogh’s mysterious death from a gunshot wound in 1891; where the son of a postman was sent to deliver a package to van Gogh’s brother, Theo, and instead finds himself drawn into the artist’s tortured yet brilliant mind.

Utilizing several of his most famous paintings, the film aims to detail the highs and lows of van Gogh’s life, which was plagued by mental illness, loneliness, and some of the most beautiful artwork the world has ever seen.

A decade in the making, “Loving Vincent” features well over 65,000 hand-painted frames utilizing live-action shots that were repainted by 100 artists from around the world; an undertaking that has been described as outright impossible. The film’s directors, Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, were well up to the challenge.

In an interview with the BBC, Welchman stated that “people in this media-saturated world like to see something original.” Welchman helped Kobiela work on what was originally a short film, which eventually transformed into a feature length film.

“Loving Vincent” won the Annecy International Animated Film Festival’s Audience Choice award.

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