Van Gogh: Brush With Genius was the winner of the giant-screen industry’s top prize last week when it was voted Best Film of the Year Produced Exclusively for the Giant Screen at the GSCA Achievement Awards in Indianapolis. The film also won awards for Best Film for Lifelong Learning and Best Original Score.
The GSCA Achievement Awards are voted on by the nearly 300 members of the Giant Screen Cinema Association representing the more than 400 theatres worldwide.
“We are honored and overjoyed by this recognition of Van Gogh from our colleagues in the giant-screen industry, ” said François Bertrand of Camera Lucida who produced and directed the film. “Our dream was to bring alive the extraordinary life and art of Vincent Van Gogh in such a way that audiences would rediscover the beauty and emotional force of his work. For that we chose the most visceral film medium in the world, and it has been a joy to watch audiences of all ages find a new appreciation for Van Gogh and his work.”
“We share these awards with the entire Van Gogh crew but especially Peter Knapp, the film’s creative director who conceived the idea for the film, Marie Sellier who co-write the script with François Bertrand, and Armand Amar who wrote the film’s outstanding score, ” said Laurent Dondey of Les Productions de là Géode who co-produced the film. “The audience response has been nothing short of ecstatic, and we thank the many members of the GSCA who supported this film and shared it with their viewers.”
The awards follow nine months of critical acclaim and audience praise in the thirteen markets that have played the film so far. Van Gogh won the Grand Prix Award at the La Géode Film Festival earlier this year.
Added Bob Harman, Director of Distribution at MacGillivray Freeman Films: “Van Gogh does what the giant screen format does best, which is take viewers to an amazing place they likely cannot get to on their own—in this case virtually inside the paintings of Van Gogh, which have never been seen with such clarity and poignancy as they are in this superb film.”
Filmed entirely in 15perf/70mm in France and the Netherlands, Van Gogh captures the magnificent landscapes and extraordinary colors of the artist’s most famous works, seen for the first time with the stunning visual effects of the giant-screen film medium.
Told through the eyes of Van Gogh and based on more than 900 of his personal letters, the film transforms the work of the world’s most popular artist into a completely new entertainment experience.
A co-production of Camera Lucida and Les Productions de la Géode, Van Gogh: Brush With Genius is based on an original idea by Peter Knapp and is directed and produced by François Bertrand with the cooperation of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Kröller-Müller Museum. The film stars Jacques Gamblin as the voice of Van Gogh and Hélène Seuzaret as the museum researcher. The film is written by Marie Sellier; director of photography is Vincent Mathias; music composed by Armand Amar. Van Gogh: Brush With Genius is distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films.
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