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Sunday 06 June 2021

Brighton-Based Award-Winning Art Documentary Filmmakers Delve Into Rich & Complex Stories Of Vincent Van Gogh's Sunflowers

Brighton-based award-winning art documentary filmmakers, David Bickerstaff & Phil Grabsky, announce the release of their latest film, Sunflowers, which will be in UK cinemas from 8th June 2021.
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Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers are some of the most iconic paintings in the world. 

What many mistake for one masterpiece, are actually five paintings of sunflowers in vases scattered across galleries in Amsterdam, London, Munich, Philadelphia and Tokyo. 

This extraordinary feature-length documentary film brings the spectacular series together on screen as never seen before.

Working closely with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Sunflowers goes beyond a 'virtual exhibition', delving into the rich and complex stories behind each of the paintings to unveil the mysteries of the sunflowers. 

What did the flowers mean to Van Gogh, and why do they resonate so much with audiences today? 

With a striking portrayal of the artist by actor Jamie de Courcey and fascinating insights from art historians, botanists and everything in between, the film offers a unique insight into Van Gogh's life and artwork.


Award-winning director David Bickerstaff, who has made two previous films on the artist, Vincent van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing (2015) and Van Gogh & Japan (2019), says:

"It was such a joy to witness how unique each version of the Sunflowers really was, evidence of Van Gogh's exuberance for experimentation. 

"This cinematic journey brought the sunflowers series into sharper focus for me and revealed a new insight to the tragic circumstances that followed.

"Drama, struggle and a passion for life can be seen in every dash of paint in the Sunflower paintings. 

"In my opinion, each one shows an honesty and a virtuosity that speaks to the enduring power of an extraordinary artist, who lived an extraordinary life."
 
Sunflowers is released in cinemas across the UK from 8 June, including Curzon, Everyman, Odeon, Picturehouse, Showcase, Vue and independent cinemas. Find your nearest cinema at exhibitiononscreen.com

by: Mike Cobley




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