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At Eternity’s Gate

Venezia 75 Competition

Julian Schnabel
Rahway Road Production (Jon Kilik), Iconoclast Production
Running Time:
English, French
USA, France
Main Cast:
Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac, Mads Mikkelsen, Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Niels Arestrup
Jean-Claude Carrière, Julian Schnabel, Louise Kugelberg
Benoît Delhomme
Louise Kugelberg, Julian Schnabel
Production Designer:
Stéphane Cressend
Costume Designer:
Karen Muller-Serreau
Tatiana Lisovskaya
Jean-Paul Mugel, Thomas Desjonquères, Dominique Gaborieau


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’s Statement

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).


PRODUCTION 1: Rahway Road Production
79 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière
75009 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 784431420

PRODUCTION 2: Iconoclast
79 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière
75009 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 784431420

WORLD SALES: Thorsten Schumacher -Rocket Science
140 Wardour Street
W1F 7PX – London, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 2074340032

ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION: Andrea Occhipinti - Lucky Red
Largo Italo Gemini n.1
00161 – Rome, Italy
Tel. +39 06375944225

PRESS OFFICE: Liz Miller - Premier
WC2H8LA – London, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 2072928330

ITALIAN PRESS OFFICE: Alessandra Tieri - Lucky Red
Largo Italo Gemini n.1
00161 – Rome, Italy
Cell. +39 335 8480787

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