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Van Gogh’s final days reimagined

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ART OF ANIMATION Each of the 65,000 frames in ‘Loving Vincent’ is an oil painting. The film will be screened by Westport Film Club tomorrow night.

The first screening in Westport Film Club’s spring 2018 season is ‘Loving Vincent’, an incredible animation of thousands of oil paintings turned into a 95-minute feature that recounts the mysterious last days of the life of Vincent van Gogh.
Van Gogh’s short, tumultuous life ended from apparent suicide at the age of 37 at Auvers-sur-Oise, northwest of Paris. Directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman reexamine the event using the character of Armand Roulin, a subject of several of the artist’s paintings. The young man has been travelling to deliver Vincent’s final letter to his brother, Theo, now also deceased.
Roulin acts as both amateur detective and narrator, interviewing those who knew the artist about why he would end his life, encountering a variety of contradictory stories along the way.
The world’s first fully painted feature film, each of its 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of 125 painters. After six years in the making, the film premiered at the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. It won Best Animated Feature Film Award at the 30th European Film Awards in Berlin and was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 90th Academy Awards.

‘Loving Vincent’ will be screened by Westport Film Club tomorrow night, Wednesday, Febuary 7, in the W Cinema, at 8.45pm. See Local Notes, page 3, for more information on the club and future screenings.

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