Closing Night Gala: At Eternity's Gate
Bid farewell to the 4th Screenwave International Film Festival in style, by celebrating one of the world’s greatest painters, as you’ve never seen before.
Painter-turned-director, Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) offers a luminous present-tense drama about the last days of Vincent van Gogh, and in the process revivifies our sense of the artist as a living, feeling human being. Schnabel has stated that he didn’t want to make a film about Van Gogh, but a film where the viewer is Van Gogh. A film about what it is to be an artist. Schnabel and cinematographer Benoit Delholmme strip everything down to essentials – the cinematography a work of art in itself - fusing the sensual, the emotional, and the spiritual. At 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.
A film that boasts a formidable cast, including Oscar Isaac as Gauguin, Rupert Friend as Theo, Mathieu Amalric as Dr. Gachet, Emmanuelle Seigner as Madame Ginoux, and Mads Mikkelsen as The Priest.
Winner at the Venice Film Festival, At Eternity’s Gate is one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year.
“This is a film about painting and a painter and their relationship to infinity" - Julian Schnabel