- Julian Schnabel
- Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac
Painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel takes on Vincent van Gogh. As Manhola Dargis writes in the NY Times, the film “reach[es] toward its elegiac title with shocks of beauty and gathering waves of concentrated feeling. Together, Schnabel and Dafoe sensitively transmit van Gogh’s desire to ‘paint what I feel and feel what I paint.’…by adamantly focusing above all else on van Gogh’s work—and its transporting ecstasies—Schnabel has made not just an exquisite film but an argument for art.”
“Schnabel fuses form and content in a way that’s rarely attempted and even more rarely achieved; in risking the same derision with which Van Gogh was sometimes met, he transcends the limitations of the conventional biopic and creates something that feels genuinely new.” (Indiewire) Willem Dafoe’s transcendent performance as van Gogh copped him Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival.