Loving Vincent Movie Screening
Instantly recognizable and among the most well-loved artwork in the world, Vincent van Gogh’s amazing paintings and tragic life have fascinated people for over 100 years. Six years ago an ambitious team set out to create a full-length film about van Gogh using the painter’s own medium. The result is Loving Vincent, a stunning animated film told through 65,000 frames in oil paints. The film has been met with critical acclaim but has not been shown in Tampa or St. Petersburg, so the Humanities Institute is proud to kick off our Spring 2018 semester with a screening of this one of a kind film. Loving Vincent is the brainchild of Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman. It is the world’s first fully oil painted feature film in the post-Impressionist style that is famously associated with van Gogh’s work. Van Gogh was known for his vibrating and swirling brush strokes. An extension of Impressionism, post-Impressionism defied Impressionism’s use of naturalistic depictions of light and color and fled towards thick paint application, intensely vivid color, and real-life subject matter. Dorota, a graduate from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and the Warsaw Film School, brought her passion for painting and film to life with Loving Vincent, her sixth animated film. This masterpiece came to fruition by means of over 100 artists working at studios in the Polish Cities of Gdansk and Wroclaw, and a studio in Athens. The Film explores the life of van Gogh, his career as a tortured artists, and how he ultimately came to a violent end. When asked about the enormous task of hand painting each frame for an animated film, Gerota Kobiela said, “The reason we made the film is not because we want to be the first, or that we want to set any records, it is because we believe that you cannot truly tell Vincent’s story without his paintings, so we needed to bring his paintings to life. Since its world premiere in June 2017, the film has received the following awards: Golden Globe Nominee for Best Animated Motion Picture, Audience Award at Annecy, Best Animation at the Shanghai Film Festival, Audience Award at Ostend Film Festival, Audience Award at the Parool Amersterdamn Film Festival, and the Most Popular International Feature Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival, among many others. The screening will take place on Monday, January 22 at 7pm in the MSC Oval Theater.