Loving Vincent Project

Interactive promotion of the innovative animated oil painting technique

2020/ Greek

Europe is investing in rural areas
Rural Development Program 2014-2020

Organization of 8 conferences in the following islands: Hydra, Spetses, Poros, Aegina, Agistri, Methana, Salamina, Kythira, with the aim of acquainting the public with the work of the great post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh and the approach of painting, on which the creation of the film "Loving Vincent" was based.
The action involves the following events:
1. Screening of Loving Vincent, the only film in the history of cinema that has been entirely hand-painted and consists of 65.000 oil paintings.
2. Demonstration of the technique of moving oil painting to the general public in an authentic workstation (PAWS).
3. Discussion with the painters who worked on the film.

The aim is to make the innovative technique of "animated oil painting" more widely known, using interactive tools and B2B contacts. The interactive implementation of the actions of the act aims at:
─ the most substantial and deeper acquaintance of the public with this pioneering cinematographic technique, through a special workshop,
─ to decode the technical and other parameters through discussion and acquaintance with the PAWS workstation.

-Salamina 17/8 The Euripides Theater 9:00 p.m.
-Spetses 19/8 Cinema TITANIA 9:00 p.m.
-Aegina 22/8 Cinema MARINA 9:00 p.m.
-Kythira 30/8 Chora Square 9:00 p.m.
-Poros 24/8 Cinema DIANA 8:30 p.m.
-Hydra 10/9 Cine GARDENIA Hydra’s Film Club 8:30 p.m.
-Methana TBA
-Agistri TBA

"Only through our paintings we can speak."
This was written by Vincent van Gogh in a letter, a week before his death.

"It causes awe"

The Independent

"A cinematic phenomenon"

"We have not seen anything like this"
The Telegraph

It is the first entirely hand-painted animated feature film. Written and directed by Dorota Kombiela and Hugh Weltsmann, produced by Poland's BreakThru Films and Britain's Trademark Films.

The film brings to life the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to tell his unique story. The 65.000 frames of the film is a hand-painted oil painting by 125 professional painters, who traveled from all over the world to come to the studios of Poland and Greece and take part in the production. As special as his paintings were his passionate and unfortunate life, and the mysterious death.

No other artist has created as many legends as Van Gogh. He has been called a martyr, a lustful satyr, a madman, a genius and a rebel. The true Vincent is immediately revealed by his letters, and becomes indefinite through myths and time. Vincent wrote in his last letter: "Only through our paintings we can speak." We believe him and we will let the paintings tell the true story of Vincent Van Gogh.

In the beginning, the live action shooting was done with actors and then it was hand-painted frame-by-frame. The end result is a dialogue between the actors who play the famous portraits of Vincent and the animation artists who put the characters in color.

The film stars celebrities to match the famous paintings they represent:
- Douglas Booth (The Destiny of Jupiter, Noah) as Armand Roulen
- Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark, Jack, the Giant Hunter) as Adeline Ravou
- Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones) as Dr. Gasset (his portrait held the record for most expensive painting for fourteen years, the longest period of all time)
- Saoirse Ronan (Oscar nominee for Brooklyn and Atonement) as daughter, Marguerite Gache
- Chris O'Dowd (The Girlfriends, The IT Crowd) as postman Joseph Rowlen
- John Sessions (Corruption, New York Gangs) as Vincent's paint supplier, Barba-Tangi
- Aidan Turner (Hobbit, Poldark) as the boatman from Vincent's painting "The Oasis on the Oasis"
- Helen McCrory (Harry Potter) as Louise Chevalier, Dr. Gasset's housekeeper
- and first appearance in a film by theatrical actor Robert Gulaczyk, as Vincent Van Gogh

Directed by: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
Written: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Jacek Dehnel
Script: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
Production: Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart
Studios: Breakthru Films, Trademark

Armand Roulen: Douglas Booth
Vincent van Gogh: Robert Gulaczyk
Adeline Ravou: Eleanor Tomlinson
Dr. Gasset: Jerome Flynn
Margaret Gasset: Saoirse Ronan
Roulen Postman: Chris O'Dowd
Barba-Tangi: John Sessions
Boatman: Aidan Turner
Louise Chevalier: Helen McCrory

Production companies
Break Thru Films, producer company
Trademark Films, co-producer
Silver Reel Entertainment, funding
Cinema Management Group, international sales

Municipality of Wrocτσαaw - European Capital of Culture 2016
Odra-Film / Lower Silesian Film Fund
CeTA (Center for Audiovisual Technology)

With the support of
Polish Film Institute
Doha Film Institute

Audience Award - Annecy International Animation Film Festival, 2017
Best Animated Trailer, Best Graphic in Trailer - Gold Trailer Awards, 2017
Best Animation Film Award - Shanghai International Film Festival, 2017

France, summer of 1891. Postman Joseph Roulen (Chris O'Downd), father of Armand Roulen (Douglas Booth), an irresponsible young man, gives him a letter to deliver to Paris himself. He must hand it over to the brother of his father's friend, Vincent van Gogh, who had just learned that he had committed suicide. Armand is very unhappy with the mission. He is disturbed by his father's relationship with Vincent, a foreign painter who had his ear cut off and locked up in a local asylum.

In Paris he cannot find Theo, Vincent's brother. His investigation leads him to a paint supplier, Barba-Tangi (John Sessions), who tells him that Theo died shortly after Vincent, apparently devastated by the death of his older brother.

Tangi tells how Theo helped Vincent in his amazing transformation. From a useless man at the age of 28 already failed in three careers living in a barn in Borinaz, Belgium, the mining area, with a pack of books and not knowing what to do next, ten years later, at the time of his death , had become the new artistic star of Paris. Hearing this story, Armand begins to believe that his father's friend may have been wrong, and he sincerely wants to know why, after so much struggle, Vincent chose to commit suicide while on the verge of success. Barba-Tangi had no answers.

And so Armand travels to Vincent's last destination, in the quiet village of Auvers-sur-Oise, just an hour outside Paris, to meet Dr. Paul Gasset (Jerome Flynn), Vincent's doctor in the last weeks of his life. , to find an answer. The doctor is missing for two days, Armand decides to wait for him, and during this time the villagers tell him different theories about the reasons for Vincent's suicide and who is responsible.

In Auvers-sur-Oise, Armand lives at the Rabu Inn, where Vincent spent the last ten days of his life and died on July 29 1890 of a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Armand meets Adeline Ravu (Eleanor Tomlinson), innkeeper's daughter. While waiting for Dr. Gasset to return, Armand also talks to the doctor's housekeeper, Louise Chevalier (Ellen Macrori), the daughter of Margaret Gasset (Sirsa Ronan), and on the banks of the river where Vincent spent his time he meets the Boatman (Aidan Turner).

Armand has the feeling that they are hiding the truth from him and he feels like a pawn among the overlapping enemies of the locals. However, he is determined to find out the truth, for the sake of his father, for the memory of Vincent and for himself. A quarrel with the local police, an unexpected meeting with another doctor, and finally the meeting with the elusive doctor Gase, lead to unexpected and heartbreaking revelations. But they also make Armand understand and appreciate the passionate and amazing life of Vincent Van Gogh.