MUN Cinema Series: At Eternity’s Gate
Thursday, Jan. 24, 7-9 p.m.
Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre, Avalon Mall
At Eternity’s Gate (Switzerland, UK, France, USA 2018) 110 min. Directed by Julian Schnabel. With Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac, Mads Mikkelsen et al. It wouldn’t be a film series if we didn’t screen at least one feature about Vincent van Gogh from time to time. The Dutch painter never gets old. In this gorgeously shot collaboration between two brilliant artists—painter Schnabel and actor Dafoe–we get more of an existential study of genius than a straight-up chronology of what happened when in the fields of Arles. This is literally an extreme close-up view of the limits of the mind, especially one so tormented as that of the great penniless painter. Schnabel also relies on some recently documented evidence to account for how van Gogh died, and so, yes, folks, there is still something new under the Provence sun. The performances are outstanding, certainly Dafoe in what should be considered his best work, but add to that Oscar Isaac in the role of Gauguin and you have a thing of beauty and a joy forever.
Presented by MUN Cinema