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DIRECTORS Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
CAST Douglas Booth, Saoirse Ronan, Helen McCrory, Chris O’Dowd
A fully painted animated film which brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life as it explores the artist’s life and untimely death.
The world’s first fully painted feature film brings together the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to tell his extraordinary life story – and every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by a small army of 125 professionals. The animated film explores the artist’s life and controversial death (was it an accident, or a suicide?), meeting his family and friends, many of whom he painted. A truly astonishing achievement, this is a beautiful look at one of art’s great mysteries.
(2017 UK / Poland 93 mins)
It’s all about surrendering yourself to the textures of scenes – the tinkling of cups in a tea-room, the sounds of bickering in a bar. Clint Mansell’s elegantly mournful score does an important job in knitting it all together into a flowing piece of embroidery you want to stay with. And the novelty of seeing Saoirse Ronan’s face, and Helen McCrory’s, and Aidan Turner’s, converted into moving-image portraits by these disciples of van Gogh’s style, remains considerable to the end. Tim Robey, The Telegraph
BBFC advice: Contains suicide theme, infrequent moderate sex and injury detail
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