The much-buzzed-about European animated feature Loving Vincent, billed by its producers as the world’s first fully-oil painted feature film, is gearing up for a fall release in the United States.
Los Angeles-based indie distributor Good Deed Entertainment, which acquired U.S. and English-speaking Canada rights to Loving Vincent, will launch the film in New York City on September 22 and Los Angeles on September 29, followed by a national expansion beginning on October 6. The release is obviously aimed at making a strong impression right at the beginning of awards season, and if everything goes as planned, it should be contender for end-of-year awards later in the fall and winter.
Directed by the husband-and-wife team of Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, the film uses 65,000 oil painted frames to explore the mysteries surrounding the death of the legendary Dutch painter. Last month, Loving Vincent won both the audience award at the Annecy animation festival in France and best animation film at the Shanghai International Film Festival.