Tuesday 15 October 2019 8pm
Dir: Julian Schnabel Switzerland, Ireland, UK, France, USA 2018
Language: French with subtitles, English
Running time: 111mins Cert: 12a
Starring: Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac, Mads Mikkelsen, Mathieu Amalric
Supported By: RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival
Julian Schnabel's ravishingly tactile and luminous new film takes a fresh look at the last days of Vincent van Gogh, and in the process revivifies our sense of the artist as a living, feeling human being. Schnabel; his co-writers Jean-Claude Carrière and Louise Kugelberg, also the film's editor; and cinematographer Benoît Delhomme strip everything down to essentials, fusing the sensual, the emotional, and the spiritual.
And the pulsing heart of At Eternity's Gate is Willem Dafoe's shattering performance: his Vincent is at once lucid, mad, brilliant, helpless, defeated, and, finally, triumphant. With Oscar Isaac as Gauguin, Rupert Friend as Theo, Mathieu Amalric as Dr. Gachet, Emmanuelle Seigner as Madame Ginoux, and Mads Mikkelsen as The Priest.
New York Film Festival 2018