Less than a year after earning an Oscar nomination for “The Florida Project,” Willem Dafoe returns with what critics are calling another career-defining performance in “At Eternity’s Gate.” The drama casts Dafoe as the painter Vincent Van Gogh, which is the perfect subject for artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel (“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”) to bring to the big screen.
The official synopsis describes the film as 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.” The drama premiered at Venice, where it gained acclaim for its impressionistic storytelling based on the artist’s letters and Schnabel’s own interpretation of his memories. Mads Mikkelsen, Emmanuelle Seigner, Amira Casar, Niels Arestrup, and Oscar Isaac co-star.
CBS Films will open “At Eternity’s Gate” in select theaters on November 16. The movie will close the New York Film Festival. Watch the official trailer below.