“Schnabel has made not just an exquisite film but an argument for art.” – The New York Times
The Campbell River Art Gallery and Campbell River Festival of Films will present the Oscar-nominated film, At Eternity’s Gate at the Tidemark Theatre on Tuesday, April 9.
Willem Dafoe teams with painter and director Julian Schnabel (Basquiat, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) for this unorthodox but reverent account of Vincent van Gogh’s troubled last days.
Schnabel devotes much of At Eternity’s Gate to the act of creation itself, presenting the Post-Impressionist master’s artistic process as a visceral and internal experience while Dafoe, as Van Gogh, conveys the strenuous physicality of painting.
Schnabel describes the film as “an accumulation of scenes based on painter Vincent van Gogh’s letters, common agreement about events in his life that parade as facts, hearsay, and scenes that are just plain invented. This is not a forensic biography about the painter. It is about what it is to be an artist.”
The result is a kaleidoscopic and immersive film about being alive and reaching, through art, for the eternal — and about the beauty and wonder Van Gogh left behind, unaware of the profound impact it would have.
This special film event is a fundraiser for the Campbell River Art Gallery, made possible with the support of the Campbell River Festival of Films. Tickets for the screening are $12, or $10 for Winter CRFF Pass Holders (includes GST, + applicable fees) and can be purchased at the Tidemark Theatre Box Office Tuesday through Thursday between 12 and 4 p.m. Tickets are also available online: tidemarktheatre.com or 287-PINK! Enjoy an Oscar nominated art house, docudrama and support our local art gallery.