Led by mesmerizing work from Willem Dafoe in the central role, AT ETERNITY'S GATE, opening at The Ross on Friday, January 4, intriguingly imagines Vincent Van Gogh's troubled final days. “I am my paintings,” says Vincent van Gogh, played by Willem Dafoe in a career-best performance, in Julian Schnabel's AT ETERNITY'S GATE... Watching this explosively lyrical film, you can believe it. –Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor This man, much like the real one, is acutely aware of his fragilities. Yet 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. –Manohla Dargis, The New York Times Dafoe's work, the look in his searching, despairing eyes, feels beyond conventional acting, using intuition as well as technique to go deeply into the character, putting us in Van Gogh's presence. –Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times There have been many films about Vincent Van Gough, but none as extraordinary as Julian Schnabel's version, starring Willem Dafoe in a monumental, career-best performance that lets us feel we're living Van Gough's life and not just watching it. –Peter Travers, Rolling Stone AT ETERNITY'S GATE is showing at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on Friday, January 4 through Thursday, January 17. Show times are available at www.TheRoss.org, by consulting your newspaper, or by calling the MRRMAC film information line at 402.472.5353. The Motion Picture Association of America has rated AT ETERNITY'S GATE R (for some thematic content). This program is being presented with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Julian Schnabel’s AT ETERNITY’S GATE is a journey inside the world and mind of a person who, despite skepticism, ridicule and illness, created some of the world’s most beloved and stunning works of art. This is not a forensic biography, but rather scenes based on Vincent van Gogh’s (Academy Award® Nominee Willem Dafoe) letters, common agreement about events in his life that present as facts, hearsay, and moments that are just plain invented.