DIRECTOR: Julian Schnabel
US / 2019
SUNDAY 2 MAY 3.00PM
SUNDAY 30 MAY 3.00PM
RUNNING TIME: 111 MINS
Defoe’s role is inhabited with the acrid lucidity of madness.
Vincent van Gogh was a tortured soul, a certified lunatic, and one of the greatest painters in the last 500 years. This fictionalised biography features a craggily hypnotic Willem Defoe as van Gogh as he refuses to bow down before convention and a lack of understanding or sympathy for his art. “I was born a painter,” he confides, as if admitting a dark secret; Defoe was rightly nominated for an Oscar for his uneasy and troubled role in this powerful drama. The lushly shot scenes from the South of France beautifully reflect many of van Gogh’s best-known paintings, and frame the plot as it follows the painter on his descent into what onlookers called madness, but what he called his ‘relationship to eternity.’ The portentous score by Tatiana Lisovskaya underlines the core message of the film a message that shines through clear: the line between genius and madness can never be drawn, or painted for that matter. Richly rewards being seen on the big screen!
AWARDS: Oscar Nominee, Best Leading Actor, Academy Awards, 2019