AFS Screening Series at LPCA presents the world’s first fully oil-painted
feature film, LOVING VINCENT, Feb. 16-17

“We cannot speak other than by our paintings”—Written by Vincent van Gogh in a letter the week before his death

This film brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil painting hand-painted by 125 professional oil-painters who travelled from all across the world to the LOVING VINCENT studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production. As remarkable as Vincent’s brilliant paintings are his passionate and ill-fated life and mysterious death.

The Adirondack Film Society (AFS) Screening Series at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) will present LOVING VINCENT on Friday and Saturday, February 16-17, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance by calling the LPCA box office at (518) 523-2512; they will also be available at the door. For more information, please visit lakeplacidarts.org or call AFS Operations Manager Fred Balzac at (518) 588-7275 or 523-3456.

Letting the Paintings Tell the Story

No other artist has attracted more legends than Vincent van Gogh. Variously labelled a martyr, a lustful satyr, a madman, a genius and a layabout, the real Vincent is at once revealed in his letters and obscured by myth and time. Vincent himself said in his last letter, “We cannot speak other than by our paintings.” We take him at his word and let the paintings tell the real story of Vincent van Gogh.

Directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, who coauthored the film’s screenplay with Jacek Dehnel, LOVING VINCENT was first shot as a live-action film with actors and then hand-painted over frame-by-frame in oils. The final effect is an interaction of the performance of the actors playing Vincent’s famous portraits, and the performance of the painting animators, bringing these characters into the medium of paint. LOVING VINCENT features the following familiar faces, matching the famous paintings they portray:

  • Douglas Booth (Jupiter AscendingNoah) stars as Armand Roulin;
  • Eleanor Tomlinson (PoldarkJack the Giant Slayer) is Adeline Ravoux;
  • Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones) plays Doctor Gachet (the painting of which held the record for the highest priced painting for fourteen years, the longest time ever);
  • Saoirse Ronan (Oscar nominee for Brooklyn and Atonement) plays his daughter Marguerite Gachet;
  • Chris O’Dowd (BridesmaidsThe IT Crowd) is Postman Joseph Roulin;
  • John Sessions (FilthGangs of New York) is Vincent’s paint supplier, Pere Tanguy;
  • Aidan Turner (The HobbitPoldark) is the Boatman from Vincent’s Bank of the Oise at Auvers painting;
  • Helen McCrory (Harry Potter) plays Louise Chevalier, house-keeper to Doctor Gachet;
  • and introducing theater actor Robert Gulaczyk in his first film role as Vincent van Gogh.

Running time: 94 minutes * Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, some violence, sexual material and smoking

The AFS Screening Series at LPCA continues on Friday and Saturday, March 16-17, with THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI, which is nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture; and on April 27-28, with IN BETWEEN, a new film from Israel by Palestinian filmmaker Maysaloun Hamoud making her directorial debut.

Adirondack Film Society: A Tradition of Innovative Programming

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Best-known as the organization that brings you the annual Lake Placid Film Forum, the Adirondack Film Society (AFS) has been doing innovative film programming on an ever-widening North Country canvas for more than 15 years now.

In addition to the Film Forum, the AFS has presented a slew of silent film classics—with live organ accompaniment—at the historic Palace Theatre in downtown Lake Placid; initiated a mostly monthly Screening Series at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts in September 2014, now in its fourth year; and played an instrumental role in the “Go Digital, Go Dark” campaign that resulted in several North Country movie houses receiving the necessary funding to purchase and install digital equipment to enable to continue to operate as first-run film venues. In fact, the AFS is currently collaborating with one of the movie houses—the Strand Theatre in Schroon Lake, NY—on a second season of special programming during the summer of 2017.

The Adirondack Film Society, in its dual role as the Adirondack Film Commission, is also in the process of developing a program to encourage filmmakers to make movies and shoot videos right here in Essex County, NY, and assist them when they are here, as well as to nurture homegrown filmmaking among the many talented artists already living in the region.

When it comes to programming, the Adirondack Film Society doesn’t just screen films—it curates, analyzes, and seeks to help educate audience members about the films it presents. One way it often does this is by presenting the creators of the films themselves, in intimate, small-venue settings—where filmgoers can actually meet the filmmakers or, when they are presented remotely such as via Skype, experience these artists as real people.

Thank you for visiting adirondackfilmsociety.org and for your interest in, and ongoing support of, film as art and the art of filmmaking!

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