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Synopsis

Painter, musician, poet, artist, intellectual Julian Schnabel directs rarely and always collaborates with his closest friends. Inspired after visiting the Musée d’Orsay’s exhibition „Van Gogh/Artaud. The Man Suicided by Society” he tried to write Van Gogh’s real thoughts and responses to fateful events in uneasy life. He borrowed the name of one of Van Gogh’s final paintings for film title and went to shoot on actual locations (Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise). Helped by a French friend Jean-Claude Carrière he investigates more mysterious and not so widely exploited theories of tragic demise. Julian Schnabel surprises with unheard intriguing facts, suggested interpretations, cleverly invented monologues, gorgeously restored paintings, musical contributions and wonderful famous cameos, but disagrees to categorise magically truthful film as traditional biopic.
Best Actor of the Venice IFF Willem Dafoe masterfully brings to life ignored genius Vincent van Gogh in Oscar quality performance. „Maybe I paint for people, who are not born yet,” expresses troubled lonely artist.
Edvinas Pukšta

Director
Julian Schnabel

(b. 1951) graduated with a B.F.A. from the University of Houston and participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Since his first solo painting exhibition in New York City in 1979, his paintings have been included in many important public and private collections around the world. Schnabel's third feature film „The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” won 4 Oscar nominations and Golden Globe for best Director and for best foreign language film.

Filmography
  • Basquiat (1996)
  • Before Night Falls (2000, Enne kui saabub öö, PÖFF 2001)
  • Lou Reed’s Berlin (doc, 2007)
  • Le scaphandre et le papillon (Tuukrikell ja liblikas, PÖFF 2007)
  • Miral (2010)
  • At Eternity’s Gate (2018)
Mon, 19.11.2018
6:45 pm
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 1
041006
Subtitles: 
EST, ENG, RUS
Screening code: 041006
Fri, 23.11.2018
6:45 pm
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 1
081006
Subtitles: 
EST, ENG, RUS
Screening code: 081006
Sun, 02.12.2018
4:15 pm
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 3
171106
Subtitles: 
EST, ENG, RUS
Screening code: 171106
Film info
Countries: United States, France
Year: 2018
Duration: 110 minutes
Languages: French, English
Director: Julian Schnabel
Producer: Jon Kilik
Writers: Jean-Claude Carrière, Julian Schnabel, Louise Kugelberg
DOP: Benoît Delhomme
Montage: Tatiana Lisovskaya
Composer: Tatiana Lisovskaya
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac, Mads Mikkelsen, Mathieu Amalric
Productions: Rahway Road Production, Iconoclast Production
Distributor: HeaFilm
Festivals: Venice (Volpi Cup – Best Director), New York, Chicago
Synopsis

Painter, musician, poet, artist, intellectual Julian Schnabel directs rarely and always collaborates with his closest friends. Inspired after visiting the Musée d’Orsay’s exhibition „Van Gogh/Artaud. The Man Suicided by Society” he tried to write Van Gogh’s real thoughts and responses to fateful events in uneasy life. He borrowed the name of one of Van Gogh’s final paintings for film title and went to shoot on actual locations (Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise). Helped by a French friend Jean-Claude Carrière he investigates more mysterious and not so widely exploited theories of tragic demise. Julian Schnabel surprises with unheard intriguing facts, suggested interpretations, cleverly invented monologues, gorgeously restored paintings, musical contributions and wonderful famous cameos, but disagrees to categorise magically truthful film as traditional biopic.
Best Actor of the Venice IFF Willem Dafoe masterfully brings to life ignored genius Vincent van Gogh in Oscar quality performance. „Maybe I paint for people, who are not born yet,” expresses troubled lonely artist.
Edvinas Pukšta

Director
Julian Schnabel

(b. 1951) graduated with a B.F.A. from the University of Houston and participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Since his first solo painting exhibition in New York City in 1979, his paintings have been included in many important public and private collections around the world. Schnabel's third feature film „The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” won 4 Oscar nominations and Golden Globe for best Director and for best foreign language film.

Filmography
  • Basquiat (1996)
  • Before Night Falls (2000, Enne kui saabub öö, PÖFF 2001)
  • Lou Reed’s Berlin (doc, 2007)
  • Le scaphandre et le papillon (Tuukrikell ja liblikas, PÖFF 2007)
  • Miral (2010)
  • At Eternity’s Gate (2018)