‘At Eternity’s Gate’ Trailer: Willem Dafoe is Troubled Painter Vincent van Gogh

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Take a look at the trailer released for At Eternity’s Gate, an upcoming artistic biopic on painter Vincent van Gogh.

Willem Dafoe plays the tortured artist, who suffered from depression and mental illness during his sad life, and who didn’t see success from his paintings while alive. The fantastic cast also includes Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac, Mads Mikkelsen, Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner and Niels Arestrup.

This looks fantastic. This expressionistic-looking picture is directed and co-written by Julian Schnabel, who previously focused on the life of New York street artist Jean Michel Basquiat in the Jeffrey Wright-starring ’96 film Basquiat; on the life of Cuban poet and novelist Reynaldo Arenas in the Javier Bardem-starring Before Night Falls; and the “locked-in,” almost fully paralyzed period of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby in the widely acclaimed, must-see The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Seriously, if you haven’t seen that latter film, do yourself a big favour and track it down.

That cast, the artistry, Dafoe’s seemingly heartbreaking performance. Count us in. At Eternity’s Gate will be opening in the US on 16 November.

Synopsis for At Eternity’s Gate:

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.

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