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Image caption: Willem Dafoe in At Eternity’s Gate


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New York Times Critic’s Pick


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Rated PG-13
Directed by Julian Schnabel | In English
Starring Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Mads Mikkelsen, and Oscar Isaac
110 min | Biography/Drama | 2018


December 7–13

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About the Film

Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate 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. This is not a forensic biography, but rather scenes based on Vincent van Gogh’s (Academy Award® Nominee Willem Dafoe) letters, common agreement about events in his life that present as facts, hearsay, and moments that are just plain invented.

CBS Films

[Willem] Dafoe, with his surprising, sometimes terrifying mouth, and his skull visible beneath skin as tightly stretched as canvas, has one of cinema’s great faces, and [director Julian] Schnabel makes delicate use of both its ragged beauty and expressive range. Dafoe’s thin, coiled physicality suggests both fragility and determination, while his tensile face flutters with an astonishment of emotions that, by turns, suggest a yielding or off-putting sensibility. (Few actors can look so frightening or so beatific in such rapid succession.) Vincent’s agonies render moot the age difference between the character and actor; Dafoe is 63, and his deepest creases can seem like evidence of Vincent’s current and past suffering….by adamantly focusing above all else on van Gogh’s work—and its transporting ecstasies— Schnabel has made not just an exquisite film but an argument for art.

—Manohla Dargis, New York Times

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