“Loving Vincent”, which has won several awards in Europe and been nominated for many more which are still pending, was created in Poland and released in the United States in September, 2017. It tells the story of the last days of the painter Vincent Van Gogh. Much of the film is loosely based on the correspondence between the painter and his brother Theo. The words of the title are based on how Vincent always ended his letters, “Your Loving Vincent.” One of the awards the film has won is the European Film Award for Best Animated Feature. The film is animated, but in a highly unusual fashion: each image has been painted in oil, in bold strokes similar to Van Gogh’s later work. Each of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of 125 painters.
It runs for one hour and 34 minutes and is rated PG. As always with the Library’s films, admission is free and the film is open to the public.