“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 Ascending, Noah) stars as Armand Roulin;
- Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark, Jack 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 (Bridesmaids, The IT Crowd) is Postman Joseph Roulin;
- John Sessions (Filth, Gangs of New York) is Vincent’s paint supplier, Pere Tanguy;
- Aidan Turner (The Hobbit, Poldark) 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 and April 27-28, with films to be announced.