Willem Dafoe is the troubled painter, Vincent van Gogh, in the first trailer for CBS Films’ “At Eternity’s Gate,” and the resemblance is uncanny.
Directed by Julian Schnabel, the trailer follows van Gogh, who despite skepticism and illness, painted some of the world’s most famous works of art. The film is based on van Gogh’s letters and common agreement about what happened in his life — and some other scenes are purely fictional.
“What I see, nobody else sees,” van Gogh says in the trailer. When the townspeople ridicule the painter and don’t seem to understand the beauty of his work, van Gogh says, “maybe God made me a painter for people who aren’t born yet.”
“At Eternity’s Gate” also stars Mads Mikkelsen, Emmanuelle Seigner, Oscar Isaac and Amira Casar. Jon Kilik produced, while Schnabel wrote the screenplay with Jean-Claude Carrière and Louise Kugelberg.
“At Eternity’s Gate” premiered at the Venice Film Festival on Monday, and will next screen at the New York Film Festival on Oct. 12. It will be released on Nov. 16 in the United States.
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