I guarantee you’ve never seen a movie like this before. For the upcoming Vincent van Gogh biopic, Loving Vincent, 125 artists worked together to transform 120 of van Gogh’s paintings into 65,000 painted frames based on live action sequences. The movie – seven years in the making! – offers a glimpse into the beautiful, complicated, and tortured mind of van Gough using his preferred medium: oil painting.
Painter Dorota Kobiela and filmmaker Hugh Welchman are the guiding forces behind “Loving Vincent,” which is reportedly the first entirely hand-painted feature film ever made. On Monday, the internet was blessed with a full trailer for the movie, which HuffPost originally covered last year.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film takes the shape of a mystery, revolving around van Gogh’s sudden death in 1890. A character based on real-life portrait subject Armand Roulin serves as the narrator and pseudo-detective in the movie, who retraces van Gogh’s steps and revisits his most iconic artworks in a search for a plausible explanation for the artist’s contested suicide.
Rather than coming to a clean conclusion, the film offers a complicated portrait of a man whose mental health remains a subject of debate to this day.
Watch and be mesmerized below.
“We cannot speak other than by our paintings,” van Gogh wrote in a letter to his brother Theo shortly before his death. Thanks to Kobiela and Welchman’s ambitious project, van Gogh’s story will be told in his native tongue.