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‘Loving Vincent’ Wins European Film Award For Best Animated Feature

The European Film Awards (EFA) named Loving Vincent as the best animated feature of the year.

The U.K./Poland co-production (Breakthru Films/Trademark Films) was directed by the husband-and-wife team of Hugh Welchman and Dorota Kobiela. Among its most talked-about aspects is its production method: the producers of the film say that over 65,000 oil paintings were created for the film’s frame-by-frame animation.

The EFA honor, which has been given out since 2009 and was won last year by My Life as a Zucchini, had previously been capped at three nominees, but the category was expanded to four nominees this year, a reflection of the growing quality of feature films pouring out of Europe.

The other nominees in the category were Ethel & Ernest (Roger Mainwood, UK/Luxembourg), Louise by the Shore (Jean-François Laguionie, France/Canada), and Zombillenium (Arthur de Pins and Alexis Ducord, France/Belgium).

The last two EFA animation winners – My Life as a Zucchini and Song of the Sea – have also been Academy Award nominees, but winning the European Film Award is not a guarantee of an Oscar nom. Of the eight previous times that the EFA has handed out the animation award, only half have also been nominated for Oscars.

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  • Split Loafer

    Finally saw Loving Vincent yesterday. I know there wouldn’t be another way to do it, but it was SO rotoscopey it kept pulling me out. Also, when a movie pronounces from the very beginning that every frame is hand made, you just keep seeing the computer composition throughout the whole film.

    I liked how in the end they explain the relation between the actors, the paintings and the real people and how it blended together. Still, I expected a bit of behind the scenes of how the oil paintings were done/treated for the film.

  • Split Loafer

    A unique film, but narratively it doesn’t compare to others like Coco or In this Corner of the World.
    It has a tone and rhythm like Waltz with Bashir, just one character interviewing individual characters, but it lacks the final gut-punch that “Bashir” had.

    • Renard N. Bansale

      I agree. The whydunnit severely lacks motivation and energy.

  • Inkan1969

    I really feel that this movie is overrated. I’m not sure if it even should be considered an animated feature because of its heavy use of rotoscoping. And even with that aside I thought the movie’s format was a gimmick that didn’t work. Since you can see all the individual brush strokes in Van Gogh’s style, the art looked too busy and cluttered to move smoothly. And the story was just a copy of “Hollywoodland”. In both movies a person investigates the claimed suicide of a famous person (George Reeves or Vincent Van Gogh) and briefly focuses on murder conspiracies before reaching scenarios where suicide sounds plausible. Not very compelling.

  • Marielle

    I loved Loving Vincent. I was really gripped by the conversations and the intrigue and I couldn’t look away from the vivid colors. It’s really neat to see these characters lifted from Van Gogh’s paintings. I also loved Louise by the Shore. It’s so beautiful and super atmospheric. The animation makes you feel the sea as if you were there. These movies were two of my favorite movies of the year.