"Van Gogh: Brush with Genius" featured at the IMAX(R)TELUS Theatre of the
Montréal Science Centre, starting Tuesday January 19, 2010: an intimate look
at the heart of the man's art

MONTREAL, Jan. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Featured at the IMAX(R)TELUS Theatre of the Montréal Science Centre, starting on Tuesday January 19, "Van Gogh: Brush with Genius" focuses on a totally original approach to the artist's work, taking the viewer on a journey that captures Van Gogh's artistic inspiration thus allowing the viewer to discover, for the first time on a giant 2D screen, the work, the power, and the freedom of expression of one of the world's greatest painters. No wonder "Van Gogh: Brush with Genius" is a GSCA (Giant Screen Cinema Association) 2009 Award Winner for: Best IMAX(R) Film, Best Original Score and Best Film for Lifelong Learning.

Peter Knapp's and François Bertrand's inspiration yields a film that focuses both on the artist's work and on the intimate relationship he shared with his art. Thanks to the IMAX(R) process, the pictures are nothing short of spectacular.

From the Netherlands to Auvers-sur-Oise, via Arles, Saint-Rémy, and Paris, "Van Gogh: Brush with Genius" tracks the painter's artistic journey from his early canvases at age 27 to his untimely death at 37, on July 29, 1890. The film's three characters, a curator, a producer, and the artist himself recreate that short 10-year period during which Van Gogh produced more than 700 paintings.

Thanks to the largest and finest movie screen ever designed for giant theatres, viewers can live a true immersion into the Van Gogh universe.

Pan and scan shots of scenery, close-up shots of letters, IMAX(R)TELUS wide screen views of the artist's paintings, Jacques Gamblin's narration, and Armand Amar's music combine to make this intimate meeting with Van Gogh an exceptional journey.

"Van Gogh: Brush with Genius" was produced by Camera Lucida and La Géode, in partnership with the Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam), the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée Rodin (Paris), and the Kröller-Müller Museum (Otterlo). Those great museum partners were impressed with the concept and with the project of this international production to the point where they, exceptionally, authorized the filming of more than 40 of the master's most beautiful canvases and of a number of drawings and letters in their collections.

On being asked if the production of the film had taught him something on Van Gogh, producer François Bertrand replied: "Thanks to Peter Knapp's guidance, I discovered what I hope I was able to communicate through the film: an incredibly hard-working, ever-searching, febrile artist ... one whose paintings now fill me with great emotion."

For his part, actor-narrator Jacques Gamblin commented: "It wasn't a simple voice-over project. I had to incarnate Van Gogh visiting the various places where he lived and painted, and commenting on his work."

"Van Gogh: Brush with Genius" is presented in collaboration with the Musée des Beaux-arts de Montréal.

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    The Montréal Science Centre

Dedicated to science and technology, the Montréal Science Centre stands out for its interactive approach that is accessible to all and for its focus on local innovation and know-how. It attracts more than 700,000 visitors annually. It is managed by the Old Port Corporation of Montréal.

The Montréal Science Centre acknowledges its IMAX(R)TELUS Theatre partners: TELUS, title sponsor and Desjardins Group, presenting sponsor for the regular programming, as well as the presenting sponsors of the Centre: TELUS and Hydro-Québec as well as its principal partner, the Government of Canada.

SOURCE Old Port of Montréal Corporation

For further information: For further information: Julie Mailhot, Press agent, Old Port Corporation of Montréal, B (514) 283-8085, C. (514) 838-4524

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