At Eternity’s Gate to close New York Film Festival

Willem Dafoe stars as Vincent van Gogh

by Anne-Katrin Titze

Willem Dafoe as Vincent van Gogh in Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate, shot by Benoît Delhomme
Willem Dafoe as Vincent van Gogh in Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate, shot by Benoît Delhomme Photo: Lily Gavin

Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate, co-written with Jean-Claude Carrière and Louise Kugelberg, and starring Willem Dafoe as Vincent van Gogh, 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 has been announced by the Film Society of Lincoln Center as the Closing Night selection of the 56th New York Film Festival. It joins Centerpiece Roma, directed by Alfonso Cuarón (with Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Daniela Demesa, Nancy García García, Marco Graf) and the Opening Night film, Yorgos Lanthimos's The Favourite (Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman, Emma Stone).

New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones said, “At Eternity’s Gate is such a surprising film, for all kinds of reasons. Julian Schnabel makes use of the most up-to-date information about Vincent van Gogh, altering our accepted ideas of how he lived and died; he grounds the film in the very action of painting, the intense contact between an artist and the world of forms and textures coloured by light; and he gives us Willem Dafoe’s performance as Vincent - acting this pure is endlessly surprising.”

At Eternity’s Gate will screen at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall on Friday, October 12.

CBS Films will release the film in November 2018.

The 2018 New York Film Festival runs from September 28 through October 14.

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