MacGillivray Freeman Films has signed a worldwide distribution agreement with Caméra Lucida and La Géode for the release of Van Gogh: Brush with Genius, a 40-minute giant screen film about the life and paintings of Vincent van Gogh. Filmed entirely in 15/70mm in France and the Netherlands, Van Gogh captures the breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary colors of the painter’s most famous works, seen for the first time with the stunning visual effects of the giant screen film medium. The film is slated for worldwide release on February 9, 2009.
Created by Peter Knapp and Francois Bertrand with the cooperation of the Van Gogh Museum, the Musee d’Orsay, and the Kröller-Müller Museum, Van Gogh traces the artist’s remarkable journey from the time of his first canvasses at the age of 27 to the masterpieces he produced before his tragic death at age 37. Told through the eyes of Van Gogh and based on more than 900 personal letters, the film transforms the work of the world’s most popular artist into a completely new entertainment experience.
Van Gogh leads viewers on a journey through the surprisingly short 10-year period of the artist’s career during which he painted more than 700 paintings. Told from the perspectives of three main characters — Ellen, a museum researcher, Peter, a film director, and Vincent van Gogh himself — Van Gogh follows in the artist’s footsteps, traveling from the Netherlands to Auvers-sur-Oise and passing through Arles, Saint-Rémy and Paris. From the dazzling yellow of the artist’s famous cornfields to the deep blue of his famous night sky, audiences will rediscover the source of some of the most important works in art history.
Van Gogh: Brush With Genius will have its world premiere on September 10, 2008 at the Giant Screen Cinema Association conference in Jersey City. A special screening will be held in New York City on September 19 at the AMC Lincoln Square IMAX Theatre to coincide with the opening of The Museum of Modern Art’s “Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night” exhibition on September 21. The film will premiere in Europe on February 9, 2009 at Omniversum in The Hague, Netherlands in conjunction with the Van Gogh Museum’s opening of the same art exhibition in Amsterdam on February 13.