Il prossimo film in lingua originale è At Eternity’s Gate , in programma al Visionario lunedì 14 gennaio  ore 19.00, martedì 15 ore 19, mercoledì 16 ore 19.30.

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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. It stars Willem Dafoe as van Gogh, Rupert FriendOscar IsaacMads MikkelsenMathieu AmalricEmmanuelle Seigner and Niels Arestrup.

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.

The film was shot in Arles, Bouches-du-Rhône and Auvers-sur-Oise, France, all locations where Van Gogh lived during his final years.

At Eternity’s Gate focuses on Van Gogh’s final years, often distracted by madness and underappreciated by the world around him. Van Gogh has colleagues like Paul Gaugin and his brother Theo around during some of the better days of this final period of his life, but he often seems to succumb to something greater and unseen, including a self-understanding that he wasn’t quite made for this world. In one of the film’s best scenes, Van Gogh tells a priest sent to judge his sanity that he believes perhaps God made him a painter for people who weren’t born yet.

Vincent Van Gogh: [to the priest] Sometimes I feel so far away from everything. I think I’m losing my mind.

The Priest: Do you believe that God gave you the gift of painting to keep you in misery?

Vincent Van Gogh: I never thought about it that way.

Vincent Van Gogh: Maybe God made me a painter for people who aren’t born yet.

Vincent Van Gogh: I think of myself as an exile.

“The best scenes in the film are the ones in which we see Vincent Van Gogh staring out a landscape or up at an unforgiving sky, asking questions about why he’s so different and then using that difference to create beautiful art. Those are the moments when it feels like we are seeing … the moments that come closest to capturing the eternal possibilities of art.”  (Brian Tallerico)

Since neither Willem Dafoe nor Julian Schnabel spoke fluent French, it was decided that the majority of the dialogue would be in English. The first scene is in French, to establish the setting and tone. After that, the dialogue only shifts to French in scenes where Vincent feels threatened, such as when he is surrounded by the schoolchildren. Van Gogh himself spoke poor French, and was often mocked for it. Using French dialogue in these scenes heightened Vincent’s feeling of alienation from the people around him.