Loving Vincent


Director: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
Country/Year: Poland, United Kingdom, 2017
Duration: 95’

The story of Vincent van Gogh is shown through the point of view of his immediate surroundings, which gives “Loving Vincent” a narrative structure resembling such classics as “Rashomon” or “Citizen Kane”. The Polish-British co-production is more stunning however for its visual aspect. This Oscar nominated animation, granted the European Film Award in 2017, is the first feature film made using the technique of oil painted animation. The extent of the project is best shown through numbers – after the initial stage of shooting with actors, a group of 125 painters, frame by frame, hand painted all of the shots, creating over 65 thousand paintings. It’s what made Van Gogh’s works come to life. What was challenging for the artists was adjusting the different sizes of figures in portraits to one cinematic format. The brilliant reproductions of the Dutch masters’ paintings, fitted for another medium – film – also prove the timelessness of his compositions.

About the Directors:

Dorota Kobiela – graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and an assistant with animation projects, she also created her own work. The film “Little Postman” (2011) was the first painted animation made in 3D and won awards at relevant festivals in Los Angeles, Liège and Barcelona. “Loving Vincent” is her feature film debut.
Hugh Welchman – brytyjski producent filmowy, razem z Suzie Templeton w 2008 roku otrzymał Oscara za krótkometrażową animację „Piotruś i Wilk” realizowaną w brytyjsko-polskiej koprodukcji. Założyciel i dyrektor kreatywny studia BreakThruFilms. W 2012 roku produkowany przez niego krótkometrażowy animowany „Zaczarowany fortepian” znalazł się na oscarowej krótkiej liście 10 tytułów walczących o nominację. Współautor „Twojego Vincenta”.
Hugh Welchman – British film producer, who together with Suzie Templeton won an Oscar in 2008 for Best Animated Short Film “Peter and the Wolf” made by a Polish-British co-production. Founder and director of BreakThru Films. In 2012 he produced the animated short “Magic Piano”, which was one of 10 Oscar shortlisted films. Co-Author of “Loving Vincent”.
Most important films:

  • 2006 “Peter and the Wolf”
  • 2012 “Magic Piano”
  • 2017 “Loving Vincent”


Author: Mikołaj Góralik
Translation to English: Katarzyna Matej