Thursday, July 19, 2018

Loving Vincent - Hand painted film about Van Gogh - at the Strand

Loving Vincent - Saturday, July 21 at 7 PM
Strand Thetare
717 Clay Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183

In July 1890 a gaunt figure stumbled down a drowsy high street at twilight in the small French country town of Auvers. The man was carrying nothing; his hands clasped to a fresh bullet wound leaking blood from his belly. This was Vincent van Gogh, then a little known artist; now the most famous artist in the world. His tragic death has long been known, what has remained a mystery is how and why he came to be shot.

Loving Vincent tells that story

Vincent van Gogh is the world’s most famous painter. His Starry Night, CafĂ© Terrace at Night, Sunflowers, Wheatfield with Crows and indeed his own face in his many self-portraits are among the most recognised images in our world.

Vincent is not only famous for his paintings, but also for his tortured life, notably for cutting off his ear and shooting himself while painting at his easel; painting to the bitter end of his unhappy misunderstood life. He is the world’s totemic ‘tortured artist’. Loving Vincent explores Vincent’s life and work by bringing to life some of Vincent van Gogh’s most inspirational paintings to tell his story.

The creators of the film explain their process: "We painted over 65,000 frames on over 1,000 canvases. We shot the film with actors, and literally painted over it frame by frame. This is a very laborious and time-consuming process. It has taken us 4 years to develop the technique, and it took us over 2 years with a team of over 100 painters working at studios in the Polish cities of Gdansk and Wroclaw, and a studio in Athens to complete the film."

"The reason we made the film is not because we want to be the first, or that we want to set any records, it is because we believe that you cannot truly tell Vincent’s story without his paintings, so we needed to bring his paintings to life."

Watch the trailer:

"A one-of-a-kind work of art." - Variety
"An animated masterpiece. I have never seen anything like it before." - Peter Hammond, Deadline 
"A new film that tears up the rule book of animation...I’ve not experienced anything like it before." – Florence Waters, The Telegraph
"Unique and incredible" — Jan Wahl, KCBS Radio, San Francisco
" Like nothing you’ve ever seen & absolutely wonderful." — Jan Wahl, KCBS Radio, San Francisco
"A jaw-droppingly beautiful film." - Tomris Laffly, Film Journal International
"It is fantastic! A magical new cinema experience! I loved it." - Lee Thomas / WJBK-TV (FOX) 

Advance tickets at Highway 61 Coffeehouse: $5
At the door: $7

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