At Eternity's Gate (film)

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At Eternity's Gate
At Eternity's Gate (2018 film poster).png
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJulian Schnabel
Produced byJon Kilik
Screenplay by
Music byTatiana Lisovskaya
CinematographyBenoît Delhomme
Edited by
  • Louise Kugelberg
  • Julian Schnabel
Distributed byCBS Films
Release date
  • September 3, 2018 (2018-09-03) (Venice)
  • November 16, 2018 (2018-11-16) (United States)
Running time
110 minutes[1]
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • English
  • French
Box office$5 million[2]

At Eternity's Gate is a 2018 biographical drama film about the final years of painter Vincent van Gogh's life. The film is directed by Julian Schnabel, from a screenplay by Schnabel, Louise Kugelberg and Jean-Claude Carrière. It stars Willem Dafoe as van Gogh, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac, Mads Mikkelsen, Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner and Niels Arestrup.

It was selected to be screened in the main competition section of the 75th Venice International Film Festival, and was released in the United States on November 16, 2018, by CBS Films. At the 76th Golden Globe Awards, Dafoe was nominated for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama.



In May 2017, Schnabel announced that he would direct a film about the painter Vincent van Gogh, with Willem Dafoe cast in the role. The film was written by Schnabel and French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière.[3][4] In regards to the story, Schnabel said:

This is a film about painting and a painter and their relationship to infinity. It is told by a painter. It contains what I felt were essential moments in his life; this is not the official history – it's my version. One that I hope could make you closer to him.[5]

The film was shot over 38 days beginning in September 2017 on location in Arles, Bouches-du-Rhône and Auvers-sur-Oise, France, all locations where Van Gogh lived during his final years.[3] The film is dedicated to Azzedine Alaïa.[6]


In May 2018, CBS Films acquired distribution rights to the film.[7] It had its world premiere at the 75th Venice International Film Festival on September 3, 2018.[8][9] It was also screened at the New York Film Festival on October 12, 2018.[10] The film was released on November 16, 2018.[11]


Critical reception[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 81% based on 108 reviews, with an average rating of 7.4/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Led by mesmerizing work from Willem Dafoe in the central role, At Eternity's Gate intriguingly imagines Vincent Van Gogh's troubled final days."[12] Metacritic gives the film a weighted average score of 78 out of 100, based on 32 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[13]


Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2018 Venice International Film Festival Golden Lion At Eternity's Gate and Julian Schnabel Nominated [14][15][16]
Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award Willem Dafoe and Julian Schnabel Won
Green Drop Award Won
Volpi Cup for Best Actor Willem Dafoe Won
Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama Won [17]
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Nominated


  1. ^ "At Eternity's Gate". Venice International Film Festival 2018. Venice Biennale. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  2. ^ "At Eternity's Gate (2018)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Thompson, Anne (May 23, 2017). "Willem Dafoe as Vincent Van Gogh in 'At Eternity's Gate': Julian Schnabel Gives Us An Exclusive First Look". IndieWire. Penske Business Media. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  4. ^ Roxborough, Scott (November 2, 2017). "AFM: SPK Pictures to Finance New Films From Julian Schnabel, Harmony Korine (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  5. ^ Lodderhose, Diana (May 20, 2017). "Willem Dafoe To Play Vincent Van Gogh In Julian Schnabel's 'At Eternity's Gate' – Cannes". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  6. ^ Hirschberg, Lynn. "'At Eternity's Gate': Julian Schnabel Explains His Vincent Van Gogh Movie". W Magazine. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  7. ^ Lang, Brent (May 14, 2018). "Julian Schnabel's Van Gogh Drama 'At Eternity's Gate' Sells to CBS Films". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  8. ^ Anderson, Ariston (July 25, 2018). "Venice Fest Lineup Includes Coens, Luca Guadagnino and Alfonso Cuaron". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  9. ^ Vivarelli, Nick (July 25, 2018). "Venice Film Festival Lineup: Heavy on Award Hopefuls, Netflix and Star Power". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  10. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (August 1, 2018). "New York Film Fest Closer: Julian Schnabel's'At Eternity's Gate' With Willem Dafoe As Van Gogh". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  11. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 29, 2018). "Netflix Eyes Awards-Season Theatrical Release Dates For 'Buster Scruggs', '22 July' & 'Roma'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  12. ^ "At Eternity's Gate (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  13. ^ "At Eternity's Gate Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  14. ^ "Venice Film Festival: Alfonso Cuaron's 'Roma' Wins Golden Lion (Complete Winners List)". Variety. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  15. ^ "VENEZIA 75 - Il Premio Fondazione Mimmo Rotella a a Willem Dafoe e Julian Schnabel -". Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Collateral Awards of the 75th Venice Film Festival". Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  17. ^ "2018 Nominees". International Press Academy. November 29, 2018. Archived from the original on November 29, 2018. Retrieved November 29, 2018.

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