Saturday, September 08, 2018

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photograph courtesy La Biennale di Venezia
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At Eternity’s Gate – Julian Schnabel

This movie is an accumulation of scenes based on Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings, common agreement about events in his life that parade as facts, hearsay, and scenes that are just plain invented. The making of art gives an opportunity to make a palpable body that expresses a reason to live, if such a thing exists. Even with all the violence and tragedy that has been associated with Van Gogh’s life, there is no doubt, his was a life lived rich with magic, profound communication with nature and the wonder of being. Van Gogh’s work is ultimately optimistic. His unique perspective is one whose belief and vision make visible and physical the inexpressible. He seems to have transgressed death and encouraged others to do the same.

Director. Julian Schnabel
Main Cast. Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac, Mads Mikkelsen, Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Niels Arestrup.

Foto ASAC – Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia

This is not a forensic biography about the painter. It is about what it is to be an artist. It is fiction, and in the act of pursuing our goal, if we lean towards the divine light, we might even stumble onto the truth. The only way to describe a work of art is to make a work of art.
“How to achieve such inaccuracies, such anomalies, such alterations and refashioning of reality that what comes out of it is lies, if you like, that are more true than literal fact.”
(Vincent Van Gogh).
Julian Schnabel
Director’s Statement

Willem Dafoe
Trailer – At Eternity’s Gate – Julian Schnabel
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