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Loving Vincent (premiere live via satellite)

Hugh Welchman, Dorota Kobiela

Join us for the premiere of Loving Vincent, broadcast live via satellite from The National Gallery and presented by the BFI London Film Festival. The film will be followed by a Q&A with directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman along with special guests.

Vincent van Gogh is one of the world’s most famous painters. His Starry Night, Café 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. Van Gogh 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. Loving Vincent is a stunning, fully painted animated feature which explores van Gogh's life and work by bringing to life some of his most inspirational paintings to tell his story.

Beginning a year after his demise, this portrait of the artist is built via a series of interviews conducted by Armand Roulin (Douglas Booth), the son of van Gogh's friend Joseph and a regular model for the artist’s portraits. Initially, Armand is a reluctant detective, not much caring for his father’s erratic erstwhile drinking companion. After having witnessed Vincent on the night he cut off his ear Armand can all too easily imagine the unstable Vincent taking his own life. But his father insists, so he heads to Paris to seek answers and is soon convinced that there is more to van Gogh's death than meets the eye...

Co-directed by Hugh Welchman and Dorota Kobiela, who trained as a painter, Loving Vincent is the world's first fully painted film and truly a visual marvel. The film comprises over 65,000 frames painted on over 1,000 canvases, and took over two years to complete with a team of over 100 painters working at studios in the Polish cities of Gdansk and Wroclaw, and a studio in Athens.