At Eternity's Gate

  • 12A

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Screening as part of our Beacon Season.Willem Dafoe gives a magnificent, Oscar nominated performance as Vincent Van Gogh in painter-filmmaker Julian Schnabels (Before Night Falls, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) portrait of the famously troubled post-Impressionist artist, whose virtuosic talent went largely unrecognised in his lifetime.Shot on location in Arles, Bouches-du-Rhne and Auvers-sur-Oise in the south of France, it follows Van Gogh through the difficult final years of his life as he struggles to make a living, to maintain bonds with the people in his life - including his brother Theo (Rupert Friend) and painter Paul Gauguin (Oscar Isaac), with whom he shares a complex friendship - while completing some of his most important works and dreaming of the longevity his art might have beyond its cool contemporary reception.Dafoe delivers a performance of great integrity and wisdom as a wildly talented but difficult, profoundly lonely and morally ambiguous man, capable of menacing behaviour and violent acts (including the famous ear episode).A very heartfelt film, At Eternitys Gate pushes its sympathetic imagination inside the mind of the artist to depict Van Goghs ecstatic, almost spiritual creative response to the beauty of the natural world alongside his tremendously painful sense of exile and isolation.Dafoe adds another masterful performance to his resume; his work here is as deep and as piercing as his performance in The Last Temptation of Christ more than 30 years ago. Detroit NewsWillem Dafoe gives a magnificent performance as the troubled Van Gogh in Julian Schnabels gloriously artistic film. BBC CultureDirector: Juilan SchnabelUK/USA/France 2018Cast: Willem Dafoe, Oscar Isaac, Rupert Friend, Mads MikkelsenRun time: 110 mins

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