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Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate #Venezia75

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Dafoe is Van Gogh in Julian Schnabel’s latest film.

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PODCAST| Matt Micucci interviews Willem Dafoe, actor of the film At Eternity’s Gate.

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Willem Dafoe plays the role of artist Vincent Van Gogh in Julian Schnabel’s latest film, At Eternity’s Gate, which premiered in the official competition of the 75th Venice International Film Festival. In this film, Dafoe talks about getting into the role and learning to paint, as well what it’s like to work with Schnabel – who is also a painter himself.

At Eternity’s Gate: 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.

  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Willem Dafoe
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    At Eternity's Gate
  • Festival section
    Venezia 75
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