Vincent Van Gogh
Having made over one hundred films in his legendary career, WILLEM DAFOE (Vincent van Gogh) is internationally respected for bringing versatility, boldness, and daring to some of the most iconic films of our time. His artistic curiosity in exploring the human condition leads him to projects all over the world, large and small, Hollywood films as well as Independent cinema.
In 1979, he was given a role in Michael’s Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate, from which he was fired. Since then, he has collaborated with directors who represent a virtual encyclopedia of modern cinema: Kathryn Bigelow, Sam Raimi, Alan Parker, Walter Hill, Mary Harron, Wim Wenders, Anton Corbijn, Zhang Yimou, Wes
Anderson, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Oliver Stone, William Friedkin, Werner Herzog, Lars Von Trier, Abel Ferrara, Spike Lee, Julian Schnabel, David Cronenberg, Paul Schrader, Anthony Minghella, Scott Cooper, Theo Angelopoulos, Christian Carion, Robert Rodriguez, Phillip Noyce, Hector Babenco, John Milius, Roger Donaldson, Paul McGuigan, Lee Tamahori, Roger Spottiswoode, Paul Weitz, Daniel Nettheim, The Spierig Brothers, Andrew Stanton, Josh Boone and Sean Baker.
Upcoming projects include Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate as well as James Wan’s Aquaman. He recently completed lensing on Edward Norton’s Motherless Brooklyn and Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse and will soon begin production on Dee Rees’ The Last Thing He Wanted, as well as Abel Ferrara’s Siberia and Ericson Core’s, Togo.
Dafoe has been recognized with three Academy Award® nominations: Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Platoon, Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Shadow Of The Vampire, for which he also received Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild nominations, and most recently, Best Actor in a Supporting Role for The Florida Project, for which he also received Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild nominations. Among his nominations and awards, he has received two Los Angeles Film Critics Awards, a New York Film Critics Circle Award, a National Board of Review Award, an Independent Spirit Award as well as a Berlinale Honorary Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement.
He and his wife, director Giada Colagrande, have made four films together: Bob Wilson’s Life and Death of Marina Abramovic, Padre, A Woman, and Before It Had A Name.
His natural adventurousness is evident in roles as diverse as the elite assassin who is mentor to Keanu Reeves in the neo-noir John Wick, in his voice work as Gil the Moorish Idol in Finding Nemo and as Ryuk the Death God in Death Note, and as the obsessed FBI agent in the cult classic The Boondock Saints.
Dafoe is one of the founding members of The Wooster Group, the New York based experimental theatre collective. He created and performed in all of the group’s work from 1977 thru 2005, both in the U.S. and internationally. Since then, he worked with Richard Foreman in “Idiot Savant” at The Public Theatre (NYC) and most recently two international productions with Robert Wilson: The Life & Death of Marina Abramovicand The Old Woman opposite Mikhail Baryshnikov. He most recently performed a new theatre piece, The Minister’s Black Veil, based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story and directed by Romeo Castellucci.
Theo Van Gogh
RUPERT FRIEND (Theo van Gogh) can currently be seen in David Lowery’s Strange Angel produced by Ridley Scott and streaming now on CBS All Access. This past year Friend starred in Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin, opposite Steve Buscemi, Michael Palin, and Jeffrey Tambor. Friend is best known for his five seasons on Homeland as ‘Peter Quinn’, a role for which he received an Emmy® nomination.
Friend first rose to fame after being nominated by the British Independent Film Awards as “Best Newcomer” for his first professional role in The Libertine opposite Johnny Depp and John Malkovich. He followed that playing ‘Mr. Wickham’ in the 2005 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice directed by Joe Wright. In 2008, Friend appeared in The Boy In The Striped Pajamas with Vera Farmiga and David Thewlis, and in 2009 starred opposite Emily Blunt in The Young Victoria, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. Later that year, Friend went on to play the title role opposite Michelle Pfeiffer in Stephen Frears’ Chéri.
In 2013, Friend co-starred as ‘Oliver Baumer’ in Starred Up, directed by David Mackenzie; the film was nominated for eight British Independent Film Awards, including one for Best Supporting Actor for Friend. In 2015 Friend starred as ‘Agent 47’ in Fox’s Hitman: Agent 47 opposite Hannah Ware and Zachary Quinto.
Friend started his stage career in the acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe production of “Kassandra” and followed that with the London West End Production of “The Little Dog Laughed,” directed by Jamie Lloyd and co- starring Tamsin Greig and Gemma Arterton. He received rave reviews for his 2012 performance in Dennis Potter’s “Brimstone And Treacle,” at the Arcola Theatre in London. Friend trained at the Webber Douglas
Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Aside from his two BIFA nominations, he was named Outstanding New Talent at the 2005 Satellite Awards and was nominated in 2013, 2014, 2015, and again in 2016 as part of the Best Ensemble Cast (Homeland) at the Screen Actors Guild Awards®.
Rupert Friend is also a writer, producer, director and lyricist. He co-wrote and produced the short film The Continuing And Lamentable Saga Of The Suicide Brothers, which won Best Comedy at The New Hampshire Film Festival in 2009. He went on to write, direct and produce Steve, starring Colin Firth, for which he was awarded the FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival’s ‘Crystal Vision Award.’ Friend also wrote the lyrics for the MOBO Award-winning UK group Kairos 4tet on their album Everything We Hold, which was named one of The Observer’s Hidden Gems of 2013. Friend is currently in development for his first feature film as a writer/director.
In 2016 MADS MIKKELSEN (Priest) starred in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as the Imperial scientist Galen Erso. Just before this, he starred in the Marvel film Dr. Strange alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton as the villain Kaecilius, who sees time as life’s biggest enemy. Mikkelsen is especially known for portraying the lead role in Hannibal, as the accomplished psychologist and sociopathic serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, based on the character from Thomas Harris’ classic novels.
The Copenhagen-born actor began his professional career as a gymnast and dancer, and has worked steadily in theatre, television and film to become the top male star in Denmark and Scandinavia. This work was acknowledged when he was chosen to be member of the prestigious Jury at the Cannes Film Festival 2016.
His films include the Academy Award®-nominated A Royal Affair, in the role of Johann Friedrich Struensee, the German physician who became a confidant to the mentally ill King Christian VII and had an affair with his wife, Queen Caroline Mathilde. At the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Mikkelsen received the Best Actor Award for his role in Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt, in which he plays a kindergarten teacher falsely accused of child abuse.
Mikkelsen also co-starred in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman in the role of Nigel, a violent crime boss, opposite Shia LaBeouf, Rupert Grint and Evan Rachel Wood. Mikkelsen made his film debut with a lead performance in director Nicolas Winding Refn’s (Drive) 1996 international crime drama success Pusher, part one of a trilogy. He reprised his role as a low-life pusher/junkie in the much- anticipated sequel, With Blood On My Hands: Pusher 2. This performance garnered him a “Best Actor” Robert statue from the Film Academy of Denmark and a “Best Actor” Bodil Award from Denmark’s National Association of Film Critics.
In 2006, Mikkelsen starred as the villain, Le Chiffre, in the 2006 James Bond film, Casino Royale. The film was received positively by critics and earned over $594 million worldwide, claiming the title of the highest-grossing James Bond film. Also that year, Mikkelsen played the lead role in the Academy Award®-nominated film After the Wedding, directed by Academy Award®-winning director Susanne Bier. In 2009, Mikkelsen was reunited with Danish director Winding-Refn on Valhalla Rising, the story of a group of Christians who get tragically lost on a journey to Jerusalem in 1,000 AD.
In 2010, Mikkelsen starred as Draco in the 3D fantasy adventure film, Clash of the Titans, directed by Louis Leterrier. In 2011, he starred as Rochefort in the 3D adaptation of The Three Musketeers for director Paul W.S.Anderson. The film also starred Orlando Bloom, Christoph Waltz and Milla Jovovich Last year Mikkelsen shot the thriller Arctic, playing the lead role of a man lost in the Arctic trying to survive the inhuman cold and loneliness. The film premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Mikkelsen recently wrapped shooting on the graphic novel adaptation Polar, directed by Jonas Åkerlund and to be released by Netflix.
Doctor Paul Gachet
MATHIEU AMALRIC (Doctor Paul Gachet) is a French director and an actor known globally for his performances in Steven Spielberg’s Munich, Julian Schnabel’s The Diving Bell and The Butterfly (for which he won the Cesar Award for Best Actor), as the villain in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace and as part of the ensemble cast of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. He previously received the Cesar Award for Best Actor in the lead role of Arnaud Desplechin’s acclaimed tragicomedy Kings and Queen, and also worked with Desplechin in How I Got Into An Argument (My Sex Life), A Christmas Tale, My Golden Days and Ismael’s Ghosts.
Amalric has been gaining recognition for his work as a director, writer and producer. His 2010 film, On Tour, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and garnered the Best Director Award as well as multiple Cesar nominations. In 2014, he directed and starred in The Blue Room, an erotic thriller based on a novel by Georges Simenon, which screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival. He most recently directed and co-wrote Barbara, starring Jeanne Balibar in dual roles as the celebrated French singer and an actress trying to inhabit her, which was honored with the Poetry of Cinema award at the Cannes Film Festival and several Cesar nominations, with Balibar winning Best Actress.
EMMANUELLE SEIGNER (Md Ginoux) was born into French acting aristocracy. Her grandfather was the acclaimed stage actor Louis Seigner and her aunt was also an actress – they both were members of the famous Comedie Francaise. As a young girl she would go backstage and watch their performances.
Seigner began modeling at age 14 and made her screen debut in Détective, directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Her other film credits include Frantic, Bitter Moon, Place Vendôme, The Ninth Gate, Backstage, The Diving Bell And The Butterfly, La Vie En Rose, Change of Plans, Essential Killing, Venus In Fur, Heal The Living, Based on a true story and the series Beyond Suspicion.
Even as a child, ANNE CONSIGNY (Teacher) wanted to become an actress. At only 9 years old, she played her first role for theater in Claudel’s “The Satin Slipper,” directed by Jean-Louis Barrault. At 17 years old, she graduated with a first prize from the Conservatoire national d’art dramatique, the French national drama and acting school, and was hired by Peter Brook to play the part of Anna in Chekov’s “The Cherry Orchard”, alongside Michel Piccoli and Niels Arestrup. The next year, she joined the Comédie française (the French national drama company). Film director Manoel de Oliveira hired her in 1984 to play in his film version of The Satin Slipper, a role for which she was praised by the press. After this beautiful experience, she decided to devote her career to theater. She has been an important presence on French stages since then: recently, she was chosen by actress Emmanuelle Riva to play her partner in Marguerite Duras’ “Savannah Bay” (2014) and by the internationally acclaimed author Florian Zeller to debut in Paris his latest play: The Son [Le Fils].
Consigny only came back to cinema in the early 2000s. After being directed for the first time by Arnaud Desplechin in In The Company of Men, she played the wife of Gérard Depardieu in the detective film 36, Quai des Orfèvres, directed by Olivier Marchal. In 2004, the success of I’m Not Here To Be Loved by Stéphane Brizé consolidated her reputation; as Patrick Chesnais’ tango partner, she was nominated for the Best Actress César. In 2006, she played with Benoît Poelvoorde in Philippe Leguay’s comedy Du jour au lendemain. The same year, she starred as a female President of the Republic in the TV series The State of Grace, directed by Pascal Chaumeil (2006). In 2007, she was chosen by Julian Schnabel to play the part of Mathieu Amalric’s assistant in the multi-awarded film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. In 2008, she played a murderer in Pascal Bonitzer’s The Great Alibi. By giving her the role of Elizabeth, sister of Mathieu Amalric, Arnaud Desplechin placed the actress at the heart of A Christmas Tale, a role for which she was nominated for a César Award for Best Supporting Actress. She played Yvan Attal’s tormented wife in Lucas Belvaux’s Rapt for which she was again nominated for a César Award for Best Supporting Actress.
If Anne Consigny likes to work with great authors, like Alain Resnais in Wild Grass and You Have Not Seen Anything Yet, and if she appreciates more experimental films like Dutch artist Fiona Tan’s History’s Future, she also appears in mainstream films, big productions like Largo Winch or German director Florian Gallenberger’s John Rabe or popular comedies like The First Star and its sequel. In 2012 and 2015, she was one of the main characters in the two seasons of the internationally acclaimed series The Returned, which won the International Emmy Awards for best drama series in 2013. In 2016, she acted in Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, as Isabelle Huppert’s best friend, a role for which she was nominated for the César Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2018, alongside playing lead roles in two French series (including The Hospital), she acted in 3 very different films, demonstrating her appeal among non-French directors: the popular comedy Abdelkader And
The Countess, the social drama 7 Minuti and Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate.
Johanna van Gogh
The multilingual European actress AMIRA CASAR (Johanna van Gogh) studied Drama at the Conservatoire National d’Art Dramatique de Paris. She has starred in 61 prestigious films and television productions for such “avant-garde” directors as Catherine Breillat (Anatomy of Hell), Bertrand Bonnelo, Werner Schroeter, Carlos Saura and the Quay brothers, as well the television series Versailles, in which she excelled as the dangerous and complex ‘Beatrice.’ In 2018 she was seen in Luca Guadagnino’s Oscar® winner Call Me By Your Name.
On stage she has played in “Hedda Gabbler,” Jeanne au Bucher” at the Barbican and recently the role of ‘Olga’ in Simon Stone’s critically acclaimed “Three Sisters” at the Odeon Theater in Paris and the road show. Her recent films soon to be released are Red Snake and Curiosa.
OSCAR ISAAC (Paul Gauguin) is one of the great young actors of today. He gained critical acclaim, a Golden Globe® nomination, and an Independent Spirit Award for “Best Male Lead” for his portrayal of the title character in the Coen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis. The film premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Grand Prix award and also garnered Oscar Isaac the Toronto Film Critics Award for Best Actor. Isaac shows off his skills as a singer and performer on the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack, lending an element of authenticity to his portrayal of the struggling folk singer. After receiving rave reviews for his starring role opposite Catherine Keener in the HBO miniseries Show Me A Hero, Isaac went on to receive a Golden Globe Award for “Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film” and a Critics’ Choice Television Award nomination for “Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries.” Isaac plays Nick Wasickso, the youngest big-city mayor in the nation, who finds himself thrust into the center of the fight for housing desegregation in Yonkers, N.Y. in the late 1980s.
In 2014, Isaac led J.C. Chandor’s action-packed drama, A Most Violent Year, for which he earned the National Board of Review Award for “Best Actor.” The film itself won the National Board of Review Award for “Best Film.” The following year, Isaac starred alongside Alicia Vikander and Domhnall Gleeson in Ex Machina written and directed by Alex Garland. This science fiction psychological thriller tells the story of programmer Caleb Smith who is invited by his employer, the eccentric billionaire Nathan Bateman (Isaac) to administer the Turing test to an android with artificial intelligence. The National Board of Review recognized Ex Machina as one of the ten best independent films of the year.
Last summer, Isaac headlined The Public Theater’s summer production of Hamlet. Most recently, Isaac was seen in Suburbicon (2017) alongside Matt Damon and Julianne Moore and Annihilation (2018) with Natalie Portman. Next up, Isaac can be seen in the Chris Weitz film Operation Finale, of which he also is credited as a producer, out in August 2018. He will also star in the Dan Fogelman film Life Itself opposite Olivia Munn, out in September 2018. Isaac recently wrapped filming on Triple Frontier in Hawaii alongside Ben Affleck and Charlie Hunnam and the Schnabel film At Eternity’s Gate, due out in 2019. Isaac is currently filming the next Star Wars film, Star Wars: Episode IX, in London and was recently announced as the voice of Gomez Addams in the animated feature The Addams Family.
In 2016, Isaac was seen in The Promise alongside Christian Bale and in that same year he was seen in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse. In 2015, Isaac starred as the Resistance pilot, Poe Dameron, in the highly awaited Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh installment in the main Star Wars film series. Directed, co-produced, and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first of a trilogy planned by Disney, premiered in December 2015 and within two weeks, became the highest grossing domestic film of all-time. It is the fastest film to reach $700 million, and broke opening day box office records, domestic and worldwide. The Force Awakens has also earned the highest domestic second and third weekend ever, set a new domestic record for the biggest Christmas Day and New Year’s Day box office haul, and became IMAX’s second highest-grossing movie ever. Isaac is set to make his reprise as Poe Dameron in Star Wars: Episode VIII due for release in December 2017.
Other past films include the Anchor Bay ensemble feature Ten Year for which Isaac wrote an original song that he performs in the film, Zak Snyder’s Sucker Punch; Agora, directed by Alejandro Amenabar; Balibo for which Oscar received an AFI Award for Best Supporting Actor; In Secret based on the Emile Zola novel; Ridley Scott’s Body of Lies; Daniel Barnz’s Won’t Back Down; Steven Soderbergh’s Che; Vadim Perelman’s The Life Before Her Eyes; HBO’s PU-239; and as Joseph in The Nativity Story.
Off-Broadway, Isaac appeared in Zoe Kazan’s play “We Live Here” at Manhattan Theatre Club, as Romeo in “Romeo and Juliet,” and in “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” the latter productions for the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park. Oscar also appeared in “Beauty of the Father” at Manhattan Theatre Club and in MCC Theater’s “Grace.”
Additional theatre credits include: “Arrivals and Departures,” “When It’s Cocktail Time in Cuba” and “Spinning into Butter.” Oscar Isaac studied performing arts at the famed Juilliard School and currently resides in New York City.
Doctor Felix Rey
Born in Paris in 1989, VLADIMIR CONSIGNY (Doctor Felix Rey) made his film debut at age sixteen. Among others, his film credits include Les Revenants directed by Fabrice Gobert, Farewell My Queen with Lea Seydoux and Diane Kruger, Netflix’s Marseille alongside Gérard Depardieu and Benoit Magimel and the British hit The Inbetweeners. Consigny has worked with directors as diverse as James Huth, Benoit Jacquot, Adolpho Arrieta, Gabriel Aghion, Alain Resnais, Luca Guadagnino and now Julian Schnabel.
He directed his first short film when he was 22, which aired on French national television. In parallel with his film career he is now a student at the national French school of fine arts, Les Beaux-Arts de Paris.
For nearly a decade since holding the lead part in You Won’t Miss Me (2009), for which she co-wrote the screenplay, STELLA SCHNABEL (Gaby) has made a mark in independent cinema, as an actress, writer and producer. She has acted in nearly twenty films, from You Won’t Miss Me, Miral (2010) and Rampart (2011), to Netflix series Gypsy (2017) and Russian Doll (2018), as well as the upcoming film Giants Being Lonely. For the stage she has acted notably in The Sterilization of Miss Carrie Buck, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman (2014), and is acting in a new play titled “Philip Roth in Khartoum,” to be produced next year. A member of the Labyrinth company, founded by Hoffman, she also produced films such Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers (2012) and Jack Henry Robbins’ VHyes (2018). She is a producer for artist Raymond Pettibon’s films.
Girl on the road
An actress since childhood, LOLITA CHAMMAH (Girl on the road) has shot films with the likes of Claude Chabrol and Werner Schroeter. At age 15, she took the intense role of a mystical teenager in Laurence Ferreira-Barbosa’s La Vie Moderne. She continued making films with Coline Serreau, Claire Denis, Zina Modiano, Marc Fitoussi and Claire Simon, among others. On stage, she portrayed Agnes in “The School of Women,” under the direction of Coline Serreau, and was seen in “Salome,” by Oscar Wilde, at the Comedy of Geneva and Paris.
Chammah’s career has always been punctuated by diverse encounters with the artistic world, reflecting the literary studies she also undertook. Other roles include Sophie Letourneur’s Baby Doll Gaby, Anton Chekhov 1890, directed by René Feret, and more recently, Laura Schroeder’s Barrage and the Laetitia Masson television series Aurore. Chammah will be featured in Christophe Le Masne’s debut film Notre Petit Secret, selected for the 2018 Angoulême French Film Festival, and in Isild Le Besco’s Atome, in which she will not only act but also co-produce.
ALEXIS MICHALIK (Artists Tambourin) is a French actor, author and director, the son of a French artist of Polish origin and a British translator. It was in the role of Romeo that Alexis took his first steps on the stage, in 2001, in Juliette And Romeo directed by Irina Brook, at the Théâtre de Chaillot, Paris.
Having won a place at CNSAD in Paris in 2003, he decided not to attend, and instead staged his first show, Une Folle Journée (A Crazy Day), a free adaptation of the Marriage of Figaro by Beaumarchais, which opened in 2005 at Avignon Off festival.
In 2006, he wrote and staged La Mégere À Peu Pres Apprivoisée (The Quasi Taming of the Shew) in Avignon, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, a musical version, in which he played the role Petrucco. The show ran for 5 years with over 300 performances. In 2008, he created R & J, an adaptation for three actors of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, in which he played, among other parts, Romeo. The play was performed nearly 400 times. In 2010, he adapted and staged Carmen Rock & Soul Opera featuring the singers Julie Zentatti and Christophe Mali, and about 20 actors, singers, dancers and musicians, at the Ciné 13 Théâtre, Paris.
In 2011, he wrote his first play Le Porteur D’historie (The Storyteller), which met with tremendous critical and public success. It Is still running today and clocked up more than 1000 performances. In January 2014, he wrote and directed his second play, Le Cercle Des Illusionnistes (The Circle of Illusionists) at the Théâtre de La Pépiniène, Paris. The play combines fiction and biographical narrative about the illusionist Robert-Houdin and the film-maker Georges Méliès. It is still running today with over 500 performances to its credit so far.
Both Le Porteur and Le Cercle were nominated at the Molières 2014 (France’s top theatre award) in the categories of Best Play, Best Author, and Best Director. Michalik won two Molières: Best Author and Best Director. Jeanne Arènes also won Best Upcoming Actress Award for her performance in The Circle.
In September 2016, he wrote and directed Edmond (Edmond de Bergerac - English title) at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal, a play about the difficult birth of Cyrano De Bergerac, the play written by Edmond Rostand. “Edmond” continues to sell out since its opening night and has recently surpassed its 500th performance. Simultaneously a national tour of Edmond began in September 2017 and continues to tour France open-endedly. In 2017, Edmond won 5 Molières Awards (Best New Play, Best Director, Best Author, Best Male Newcomer in a leading role, Best Supporting Actor). The film version began shooting in January 2018 and wrapped March 2018. The UK premiere of the play Edmond De Bergerac is expected for Spring 2019 at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, produced by Adam Blanshay Productions and The REP.
Michalik’s latest play, Intra Muros, opened in Paris in March 2017 at the Théâtre 13, where it enjoyed a sold out run and then transferred to the larger Théâtre La Pépinière, where it continues to sell out today.
Alexis Michalik is also an actor. He has appeared in over 40 films, television movies and series. Since 2013, he has made short films and is preparing his first full-length feature film.
DIDIER JARRE (Asylum Guard) was born in Chambery, France, the son of a local farmer and teacher. Interested in cinema and theater from a young age, he started out making sports-related films while still at school, and went on to work as an actor in theater and film (following in his theater actor father’s footsteps), a model for mountain climbing apparel and for two theater companies. He has also worked as a stunt man, a ski instructor, a juggler, a fire breather, an ice cream salesman and a deep-sea diving teacher among other pursuits. He most recently trained to become a nurse. He will soon be seen in the police drama Meurtre à Brides-les-bains on French television.
Director, Co-Writer, Co-Editor
JULIAN SCHNABEL (Director, Co-Writer, Co-Editor) was born in New York City in 1951. In 1965 he moved with his family to Brownsville, Texas. He attended the University of Houston from 1969-73, receiving a BFA, and returned to New York to participate in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.
In 1978 Schnabel travelled throughout Europe and in Barcelona was particularly moved by the architecture of Antoni Gaudí. That same year he made his first plate painting, The Patients and the Doctors. His first solo painting exhibition took place at the Mary Boone Gallery in New York City in February 1979.
Schnabel’s work has been exhibited all over the world. His paintings, sculptures, and works on paper have been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions: The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1982; Tate Gallery, London, 1982; Whitechapel Gallery, London, 1987; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, 1987; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1987; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1987; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, 1987; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1987; Musée d’Art Contemporain, Nîmes, 1989; Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich, 1989; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, 1989; Fruit market Gallery, Edinburgh, 1989; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1989; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Monterrey, 1994; Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, 1995; Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna, 1996; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt/Main, 2004; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, 2004; Museo di Capodimonte, Naples, 2009; The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 2010; Museo Correr, Piazza San Marco, Venice, 2011; The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich, 2013; Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, 2014; Museu de Arte de São Paulo, São Paulo, 2014; NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, 2014; Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, 2016 and Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco, 2018.
In 1996 Schnabel wrote and directed the feature film Basquiat about fellow New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. The film was in the official selection of the 1996 Venice Film Festival. Schnabel’s second film, Before Night Falls, based on the life of the late exiled Cuban novelist Reinaldo Arenas, won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Coppa Volpi for best actor, Javier Bardem, at the 2000 Venice Film Festival. In 2007 Schnabel directed his third film, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Schnabel received the award for Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival as well as Best Director at the Golden Globe® Awards, where the film won Best Film in a Foreign Language. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly was nominated for four Oscars®. That same year, 2007, he made a film of Lou Reed’s Berlin concert at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn. Miral, won the UNESCO as well as the UNICEF award at the 2010 Venice Film Festival. Miral was shown at the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations. Schnabel’s most recent film, At Eternity’s Gate (2018) about Vincent Van Gogh premiers at the Venice Film Festival.
His work is included in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Guggenheim Museum, New York and Bilbao; Tate Gallery, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Kunstmuseum, Basel; Fondation Musée d’Art Moderne, Luxembourg; and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
Julian Schnabel currently lives and works in New York City and Montauk, Long Island.
JEAN-CLAUDE CARRIÈRE (Co-Writer) is an author, film director and screenwriter. He was born in Colombières-sur-Orb, France, the son of Alice and Felix Carrière, a farmer. He published his first novel, Lézard, in 1957. After meeting Jacque Tati, Carrière began writing novelizations of his films. Through Tati, he met Pierre Étaix, with whom Carrière wrote and directed several films, including Heureux Anniversiare, which won the pair the Academy Award® for Best Short Subject.
His 19-year collaboration with director Luis Buñuel began with Diary of a Chambermaid,; he co-wrote the screenplay with Buñuel and also played the part of a village priest. Carrière and the director wouldcollaborate on the scripts of nearly all Buñuel’s later films, including Belle de Jour, The Milky Way, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, The Phantom of Liberty and That Obscure Object of Desire.
He also wrote screenplays for The Tin Drum, Danton, The Return of Martin Guerre, La Derniere Image, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Valmont, Cyrano de Bergerac, Birth and Goya’s Ghosts and co-wrote Max, Mon Amour with director Nagisa Oshima. Carrière also collaborated with Peter Brook on a nine- hour stage version of the ancient Sanskrit epic The Mahabarata, and a five-hour film version. In 1998 he provided the libretto for Hans Gefors fifth opera “Clara,” which premiered at the Opera-Comique in Paris. His work in television
includes the series Les adventures de Robinson Crusoë, a French-West German production much seen overseas. In 2012, Carrière and Umberto Eco published a book of wide-ranging conversations on the history of books and the future of information.
In 2014, Carrière received an honorary Academy Award® for his body of work as a screenwriter.
LOUISE KUGELBERG (Co-Writer, Co-Editor) is an Interior Designer born in Sweden who has been living and working in London since 2010. She has worked extensively and particularly in melding the historical and the new, renovating Manor Houses in Sweden maintaining their authenticity at the highest level of historic preservation with precise attention to furniture and finishes. Kugelberg has an in depth understanding of contemporary and modern art and has refurbished 18th century buildings that house private homes of contemporary art collectors in London and selected and supervised the hanging of modern art in museum installations such as the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, Colorado, Aspen Art Museum, Aros Museum Denmark and Musee D’Orsay Paris.
She has also worked collaboratively to design luxury boutique hotels, such as the Chiltern Fire House, London, as well as constructing a massive portable pavilion tent out of recycled ocean plastic for Parley for the Oceans, that is to be installed at the United Nations in New York City June of 2019. A significant thread that is to be found in all of her work is a profound understanding of materials and of the historical roots of things and places, making these elements sing in conjunction with modern art, design and life.
Louise Kugelberg studied at Central Saint Martin and KLC School of Design, London. At Eternity’s Gate marks Louise Kugelberg first feature film credit as screen writer and as editor.
JON KILIK (Producer) is a leading independent producer renowned for his collaborations with visionary directors and for entertainment that integrates powerful stories with human values and social issues. He has partnered creatively with such directors as Spike Lee, Julian Schnabel and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu –and he has produced all four films in the Hunger Games series.
Kilik partnered with Spike Lee for 15 films including the groundbreaking (and Oscar®-nominated) Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X, Clockers, He Got Game and 25th Hour. Kilik also developed and produced all of the films by artist and director Julian Schnabel. Schnabel’s debut Basquiat, the Oscar®-nominated Before Night Falls, the rock documentary Lou Reed’s Berlin, the Oscar®-nominated and Golden Globe-winning The Diving Bell and The Butterfly and now At Eternity’s Gate.
Kilik first worked with Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu on Babel, for which he received a Best Picture Oscar® nomination and won the Golden Globe for Best Dramatic Film. They reunited for Biutiful, Oscar® nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. Kilik produced Gary Ross’ directorial debut, Pleasantville and went on to work with Ross in shepherding the first installment of The Hunger Games to the screen. Their collaboration continued with the Civil War drama The Free State of Jones and most recently on Ocean’s 8.
Other highlights of Kilik’s producing career include: Bennett Miller’s Oscar® nominated Foxcatcher, Jason Hall’s Thank You For Your Service, Robert De Niro’s directorial debut A Bronx Tale, Tim Robbins’ Academy Award® winner Dead Man Walking; as well as Ed Harris’ Academy Award®-winning directorial debut, Pollock.
Kilik has also produced Oliver Stone’s Alexander and W.; Jim Jarmusch’s intimate comedy Broken Flowers, winner of the 1995 Cannes Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and Jarmusch’s Iggy Pop rock documentary Gimme Danger.
Born in Newark, Kilik grew up in Millburn, New Jersey. He graduated from the University of Vermont, then moved to New York in 1979, where he has been a significant presence in the filmmaking community ever since. Kilik delivered a controversial and inspirational key note address about the potential for the film industry’s future at the 2013 IFP Film Market at Lincoln Center. He also received honorary doctorates and delivered the commencement address at the University of Vermont (2003) and Monmouth University (2013).
Director of Photography
BENOÎT DELHOMME (Director of Photography) was born in the suburbs of Paris in 1961. He started to study cinema in the beginning of the 80’s at the Sorbonne University and at the Ecole Louis Lumière where he specialized in cinematography mentored by Robert Bresson’s favorite camera operator. His early major works as a director of photography are the two movies he shot for the Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung: The Scent of Green Papaya and Cyclo which both earned many awards including the Camera d’Or at Cannes Film Festival, Golden Lion in Venice and Academy Award® nomination for Best Foreign Film.
Following the critical success of these two films, Delhomme has built a strong international career workingwith acclaimed directors such as Anthony Minghella, Mike Figgis, David Mamet, Michael Radford, Lone Scherfig, Cedric Klapisch, Benoit Jacquot, Tsai Ming Liang, and Hideo Nakata.
Following the shooting of The Merchant of Venice, Al Pacino asked Delhomme to join him on his experimental movie about Oscar Wilde’s Salome. His cinematography on John Hillcoat’s The Proposition and Lawless has been praised Worldwide.
Delhomme’s most recent movies are A Most Wanted Man, an adaptation of the John Le Carré novel directed by the legendary photographer Anton Corbijn and starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Theory Of Everything, for which Eddie Redmayne earned an Academy Award® for Best Actor and Free State of Jones, a Civil War story directed by Gary Ross and starring Matthew McConaughey. In parallel to his cinema work, Benoit is also pursuing personal work as a painter.
STÉPHANE CRESSEND (Production designer) began his career on such French productions as La Vie en Rose starring Marion Cotillard and Mission Cleopatre with Gerard Depardieu. He made his Hollywood debut as art director on Oliver Stone’s Alexander, shooting in Morocco in 2003. Cressend went on to work as art director on such film as Hugo, The Hunger Games and Dunkirk. He debuted as a production designer on Jonathan Barré’s La Folle Histoire de Max et Leon. Cressend is currently serving as supervising art director for the next Wes Anderson movie, working with production designer Adam Stockhausen, and in 2019 will production design The Widow Clicquot, the epic story of the woman behind the Veuve Clicquot champagne family and business.
KAREN MULLER-SERREAU (Costume Designer) was raised in England where she studied dressmaking and design. She has spent most of her adult life in France working with French, American, English and Iranian film directors including Anne Fontaine Safy Nebou, Khieron, Coline Serreau, Alain Berliner, Michel Haneke, Sally Potter, Brian de Palma, Roman Polanski and now Julian Schnabel. Her credits include costumer on Polanski’s Venus in Fur and key costumer on Haneke’s Amour.
JEAN PAUL MUGEL (Sound Mixer) previously worked with Julian Schnabel on The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. He is known for his work with Wim Wenders on Paris, Texas and Wings of Desire. Mugel received aCésar for the sound on the film Farinelli directed by Gérard Corbieau, and also worked with Oliver Stone on Alexander and Brian de Palma on Femme Fatale and The Black Dahlia. He most recently recorded the new Paul Verhoeven movie Benedetta.
TATIANA LISOVSKAYA (Music) was born in Kazakhstan in 1972 and has spent most of her life performing as a musician. She started attending music school and playing the violin at 5 years old, and then began attending an art school for painting at 7 years old. After moving in 1982 to the Ukraine, she continued studying and performing music there until 1988. She started modeling in Moscow 1990, joining the Red star modeling agency. In 1995, Lisovskaya moved to New York City, where she continued modeling with Click Model Management. She then moved to Norway, where she modelled and performed music.
Since 2004, Lisovskaya has worked at her own company, Sunset PR. In 2005, she did an art show for women in art with Drena De Niro. She has previously composed film music for Ouna Send. Since 2008, she has been working as a composer and performing artist. She performed as a violinist regularly at New York’s Da Marino Restaurant from 2008-2010, has performed electronic music at nightclubs and parties and played on albums from a variety of recording artists.
Supervising Scenic Artist
EDITH BAUDRAND (Supervising Scenic Artist) was born in1972 in Nantes. Baudrand has been working on the theme of vegetation, and nature more generally, through engraving and prints. Her work borders on abstraction. These organic and poetic prints translate her desire to see beyond, to embrace the world in order to better understand it. This aesthetic pursuit is a testimony of the artist’s profound dialogue with her environment and of the bond between Man and Nature. Her work also subtly calls into play the body, eroticism, sexuality or the absence of it, incessantly weaving links with childhood imagination, which remains the anchor point of her artistic research.
After training in illustration at the Emile Cohl school of Lyon, Baudrand moved to Paris and illustrated several children’s books published by Nathan, Bordas, Grasset, Gallimard. Having also studied film animation she collaborated with the journalist Stephane Horel bringing to life documentaries for France5. She also takes on commissioned artwork for the theatre and film industry. Among others, she did the paintings of Seraphine de Senlis for the Cesar awarded film Séraphine directed by Martin Provost.