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CULTURE | 05.11.2017

Movie Night: „Loving Vincent“

Boasting special effects, deceptively realistic animations and stunts so daring we would not even do them in our wildest dreams, the film industry goes to great lengths to capture its audience. Director Dorota Kobiela and screenwriter Hugh Welchman, however, have no need for any of the above.

In their film “Loving Vincent”, which deals with the circumstances of Vincent van Gogh’s death, the duo relied solely on the effects of real oil colours, creating the first feature film based on this method. The amount of work that went into this becomes evident in comparison: if laid out, the paintings created by 125 artists during a six-year production period for the film would not only cover London, but the whole island of Manhattan in addition.

But before these works could come to life, each scene was pre-shot with real people. The film is worth seeing not just because of the scenery, however, but above all for its story. For it has nothing to do with dry artist biographies, but turns out to be a suspenseful crime story.

A brief teaser: After young Armand Roulin receives from his father a letter written by the famous artist, he sets out to learn more about him and his life. During his journey, however, he comes to suspect that Van Gogh’s death might not have been a suicide after all. Together with contemporary witnesses such as the former doctor Dr. Gachet and his daughter Marguerite, Roulin eventually embarks on a search for the truth. Sounds like a candidate for the Oscar? It wouldn’t be the first for screenwriter Hugh Welchman …!