Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate is to get its North American premiere on October 12 as the closing night film for the New York Film Festival (NYFF).
CBS Films will release the film – about the last days of Vincent van Gogh, with Willem Dafoe playing the impressionist painter - in North America in November.
At Eternity’s Gate was recently announced as part of the competition line-up for this year’s Venice Film Festival.
New York Film Festival director and selection committee chair Kent Jones commented: “At Eternity’s Gate is such a surprising film, for all kinds of reasons. Julian Schnabel makes use of the most up-to-date information about Vincent van Gogh, altering our accepted ideas of how he lived and died; he grounds the film in the very action of painting, the intense contact between an artist and the world of forms and textures colored by light; and he gives us Willem Dafoe’s performance as Vincent—acting this pure is endlessly surprising.”
Schnabel added: “I would like to say thank you to Kent Jones and the NYFF selection committee on behalf of Willem Dafoe, who is Vincent van Gogh in the film, and the cast and crew, who I have been so privileged to work with, for choosing At Eternity’s Gate for Closing Night. It is a profound honour to be included with the other films and to be part of the history of closing night films that came before us. Looking forward to sitting in the audience with everybody.”