(Koropi, Greece) – Twenty artists from all over Greece are taking part in a film tribute to Vincent Van Gogh’s work, called “Loving Vincent.” This film is Dorota Kobiela, a painter from Poland, and Hugh Welchman, who won an Oscar for his experimental film title Peter and the Wolf. In this animation, Vincent Van Gogh’s oil canvas works, as well as letters that he wrote by hand, are featured. According to the official website about the film:
“Loving Vincent” is an investigation delving into the life and controversial death of Vincent Van Gogh, one of the world’s most beloved painters, told by his paintings and by the characters that inhabit them. The intrigue unfolds through interviews with the characters closest to Vincent and through dramatic reconstructions of the events leading up to his death.
The film itself will feature 120 of his most notable paintings. The plot will be driven by over 800 of his original, hand written letters. This film will take us on a journey that will take place in the time period before his sudden death. All told, there are around 60,000 frames of animation in this animated film, which will include his paintings. Most of the film itself will be painted on oil canvas. We will also be introduced to the people who were in his life up until this point. Van Gogh was only 37 years old when he passed away in 1890 Auvers-sur-Oise, France under a series of mysterious circumstances. To this day, his cause of death is still unknown.
Part of the film is actually being made in Greece, in the Mabrido studies in Koropi, which is near Athens. This studio is well known throughout Greece for producing animated programming geared towards children. They will be collaborating under the direction of Constantinos Vassilaros with Studio Bauhaus, who spearheaded the move to bring some of the production to the Greek studio. It is here where the Greek artists will participate in the project.
What makes this film unique is that it will be done completely in oil on canvas. This not only includes Van Gogh’s actual paintings, but also the frames that make up the rest of the story. The Greek artists will be creating some of these frames by hand. Here’s the trailer to the film: