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Van Gogh – At Eternity’s Gate

2018 | 101 min | K-12 | biography, drama

Van Gogh – At Eternity’s Gate is the story of an extraordinary talent who defied the norms of his time. It focuses on the artist’s last years and the productive period he spent in Arles, France. The journey to the beautiful light and colors of the south was tinged by a stormy friendship with Paul Gaugain (Oscar Isaak) – and van Gogh’s own mental breakdown. Ignoring doubters and scoffers, working in modest circumstances, Van Gogh created some of the world’s most beloved works of art. His most important supporter was his younger brother Theo (Rupert Friend), who saw Vincent as an interpreter for future generations. Other roles include e.g. Mads Mikkelsen, Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric. Director Julian Schnabel, known as a painter himself, rejects the typical conventions of a biopic and focuses on depicting the landscape of Van Gogh’s mind. (Source: Finnkino Oy)

About the movie


  • arts
  • ethics
  • finnish
  • history
  • philosophy
  • psychology


  • arts history
  • cultural heritage
  • media education
  • movie technology
  • multiliteracy
  • reading skills of movie

Educational levels

  • high schools and vocational schools


  • biography
  • drama


  • based on true events

Age limits

  • K-12


  • Scanbox

For media educator

Van Gogh – At Eternity’s Gate is visual artist Julian Schnabel’s third feature directorial effort, and also a film centered on the artist character. The film makes use of different types of cinematography, which can be perfectly connected to an art film, such as varying and experimental angles and image sizes, bold use of colors and swinging hand photography. (Source: Koulukino)