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Van Gogh Biopic, Over Six Years in the Making, Finds Director in Sweden

Van Gogh Biopic, Over Six Years in the Making, Finds Director in Sweden

Art buffs, here’s some exciting news out of the Toronto International Film Festival. US and European production company Kalliope Films has announced that Swedish director Daniel Fridell (“Say That You Love Me”) will helm its biopic of Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh.

“Van Gogh” will be the second English-language feature about the 19th-century painter after Kirk Douglas’ 1956 “Lust for Life” and Robert Altman’s “Vincent and Theo.”The filmmakers have spent over six years as “Van Gogh detectives,” doing the groundwork to uncover previously unseen aspects of Van Gogh’s life–traveling to places he lived and worked, probing archives, police reports and testimonies. 

The film, which will span the painter’s entire life, will be filmed on location in Europe — many of Van Gogh’s residences are still standing. The producer/writer is Kalliope’s Kira Madallo Sesay. Fridell has won Guldbagge Awards (i.e. the “Swedish Oscar”) for “Say That You Love Me” as well as his film “Beneath the Surface.”

Kalliope is currently seeking an actor to play the iconic role.

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