At Eternity’s Gate is directed by Julian Schnabel, whose most successful work to date is The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, an award-winning film about stroke victim Jean-Dominique Bauby. Schnabel is considered something of an auteur and, according to early reviews, takes a painterly approach here. Expect a film that favours imagery over dialogue, as it tries to get inside the mind of its subject.
However, if Schnabel’s palette isn't quite to your taste, the film could still be worth seeing for Dafoe’s performance alone. The actor has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor three times so far, his performance here earning a fourth nomination – and his first in the Best Actor in a Leading Role category. Meanwhile, in the supporting cast, Rupert Friend plays van Gogh's younger brother Theo, while Oscar Isaac is French artist Paul Gauguin.
Whether you're a fan of van Gogh's art, Schnabel's direction, or Dafoe's acting, At Eternity's Gate has plenty to offer those looking for a more artistic trip to the cinema, ahead of the long anticipated UK retrospective of the painter's work, coming to the Tate this Spring.
|What||At Eternity's Gate: Willem Dafoe earns Oscar nomination as van Gogh|
29 Mar 19 – 29 Mar 20, 12:00 AM
|Price||£ determined by cinemas|
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