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Rutger Hauer to Executive Produce Kalliope Films 'Van Gogh' Biopic

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by Carlos Aguilar
October 14, 2013 8:30 AM
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In commemoration of the 125th anniversary of master Dutch painter's Vincent Van Gogh passing, Golden Globe-winning Dutch producer 'Sir' Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner, Sin City, HBO's “True Blood" )will executive produce a new biopic titled Van Gogh, an ambitious project set to be released in 2015. Rutger, whose career in film expands over five decades, said of the film "I feel there is so much more to tell about 'the man who cut off his ear'. It will be a great adventure to search for him in a contemporary film"


Producer 'Sir' Rutger Hauer

This will be the first English-language feature about the life of the painter since the release of Lust for Life in 1956, which starred Kirk Douglas as Van Gogh. Furthermore, the film will be the first to focus on the tortured artist's entire life rather than only on the period after his mental illness fully manifested itself.

Kalliope Films is producing “Van Gogh”. Kira Madallo Sesay (Hamlet), CEO of Kalliope Films, is the producer and also the writer of the script. Emiel Pijnaker, Kalliope Films' President of Production, is co-producing the film. The movie is financed through a combination of European equity, soft money and pre-sales.

The production will be shot on location across Europe in countries such as Belgium, the United Kingdom, France, and The Netherlands, utilizing many of the actual residences in which Van Gogh lived. In order to ensure historical accuracy the film will also count with the world's leading experts on Van Gogh as its consultants throughout the development and production, some of them include

acclaimed Van Gogh book author and expert Alain Amiel, and Claudia Schottle who is consulting the filmmakers on life in France during the 19th Century

“In preparation for the film, we have spent over five years doing extensive 'on the ground' research. We have traveled like 'Van Gogh detectives' to every location and country where he lived, uncovering archives, historical documents and literally walking in his footsteps. We have also worked closely with our international team of Van Gogh experts who are advising us on the film to ensure accuracy. Therefore, we feel confident that we have done the utmost preparation possible to do justice in portraying the life of this extraordinary man.” says, Kira Madallo Sesay CEO of Kalliope Films and producer/writer of Van Gogh.


There is still no director or leading actor attached to the project as the production is seeking the ideal candidates to fill those roles in such an important film. 

For more information on the film click HERE

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