At Eternity’s Gate

At Eternity’s Gate

Biographical drama film about the final years of painter Vincent van Gogh’s life.
Today, van Gogh is recognized as one of the greatest and most influential artists in history, but his prickly personality and mental illness prevented him from being accepted by his contemporaries in the art world of the late 1800s.
Van Gogh, financially supported by his loving brother Theo, lives and works in the village of Arles, joined for a time by another famous painter Paul Gauguin.
Although At Eternity’s Gate’s screenplay is inspired by true events, the film is not a strict biopic. It is a journey inside the world and mind of a person who, despite skepticism, ridicule and illness, created some of the world’s most beloved and stunning works of art.
Willem Dafoe’s magnificent performance captures every bit of the artist’s complexity. With stunning visuals and a judicious balance of poetry and drama, Schnabel draws us into both van Gogh’s genius and his tortured life.
The film had premiere in the main competition of this year’s Venice film festival and Willem Dafoe got the award for the best actor.

  • Year:
  • Runtime:
    110 min.
  • Country:
    USA, France
  • Director:
    Julian Schnabel
  • Screenplay:
    Jean-Claude Carrière, Julian Schnabel, Louise Kugelberg
  • Dir. of Photography:
    Benoît Delhomme
  • Music:
    Tatiana Lisovskaya
  • Editor:
    Louise Kugelberg, Julian Schnabel
  • Cast:
    Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac, Mads Mikkelsen, Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Niels Arestrup
  • Production:
    Rahway Road Production, Iconoclast Production
  • Sales:
    The Festival Agency
  • Festivals:
    Venice 2018 (Willem Dafoe – Volpi Cup fo Best Actor), New York 2018, Chicago 2018

About the Director:

Julian Schnabel

(1951, New York City, New York, USA) – graduated in Arts at the University of Houston in 1973. His works of art have been exhibited all over the world. Later, he started to engage in film, wrote a script, and directed the feature film Basquiat (1996). Schnabel's second film Before Night Falls won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice IFF in 2000 and Javier Bardem was nominated for an Oscar as Best male actor. For his film Le Scaphandre et Le Papillon (The Scaphandre and The Butterfly) Schnabel received the Best director award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. After having shot the concert performance of Lou Reed's album Berlin (2007), he made the drama Miral (2012) and the biographical drama At Eternity's Gate.