Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate will close out the 2018 edition of New York Film Festival. This gives us the big three of the festival, with Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite to open and Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma to serve as the Centerpiece selection.
At Eternity’s Gate takes a fresh look at the last days of Vincent van Gogh, and in the process revivifies our sense of the artist as a living, feeling human being. As described by the festival: Schnabel, his co-writers Jean-Claude Carrière and Louise Kugelberg (also the film’s editor), and cinematographer Benoît Delhomme strip everything down to essentials, fusing the sensual, the emotional, and the spiritual. And the pulsing heart of At Eternity’s Gate is Willem Dafoe’s shattering performance: his Vincent is at once lucid, mad, brilliant, helpless, defeated, and, finally, triumphant. With Oscar Isaac as Gauguin, Rupert Friend as Theo, Mathieu Amalric as Dr. Gachet, Emmanuelle Seigner as Madame Ginoux, and Mads Mikkelsen as The Priest.
Dafoe could see himself back in the Oscar race after a disappointing loss last year after being nominated for The Florida Project.
At Eternity’s Gate will make its North American premiere at Alice Tully Hall on Friday, October 12, 2018 and it will be released in November 2018 via CBS Films.