Loving Vincent's world premiere took place at the International Animated Film Festival in Annecy, France, where it received a 15-minute standing ovation, not to mention the Audience Award.
The upcoming T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival in Wrocław will present pre-release screenings of the original version of Loving Vincent. The Polish version of the film will hit cinemas on 6 October 2017.
Loving Vincent offers a fresh take on the formula that proved successful for Citizen Kane many years ago. Just like Orson Welles' famous debut, Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman's film tells the story of the title character through the memories of those around him. The entirety consists of a fascinating portrait laced with all the individual's contradictory emotions. As befits a story about an artist who was anything but traditional, the Polish-British co-production employs an impressively innovative form. Loving Vincent has been advertised as the first fully painted feature film. After the shooting with actors was completed, individual frames were projected onto canvas, which were then painted frame by frame to create film sequences. The purpose of this intricate production technique was to bring Van Gogh's images to life in the most convincing way possible on a movie screen. With the resulting effect, one can expect that Loving Vincent will turn out to be the same sort of festival hit as Shirley: Visions of Reality (13th New Horizons).