Director: Julian Schnabel
Cast:Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac
Runtime: 110 minutes
Country: Switzerland, UK, France, USA
Language: French, English
Willem Dafoe teams with painter and director Julian Schnabel (Basquiat, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) for this unorthodox but reverent account of Vincent van Gogh’s troubled last days. Schnabel devotes much of At Eternity’s Gate to the act of creation itself, presenting the Post-Impressionist master’s artistic process as a visceral and internal experience while Dafoe, as Van Gogh, conveys the strenuous physicality of painting. The result is a kaleidoscopic and immersive film about being alive and reaching, through art, for the eternal — and about the beauty and wonder Van Gogh left behind, unaware of the profound impact it would have.
“At Eternity's Gate mainly succeeds, dusting off a century's worth of global celebrity to both animate a suffering soul and rescue a radical artistic mission from the museum gift shop.” - Globe and Mail
“‘I am my paintings,’ says Vincent van Gogh, played by Willem Dafoe in a career-best performance, in Julian Schnabel's At Eternity's Gate... Watching this explosively lyrical film, you can believe it.” - Christian Science Monitor