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
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.”