Legendary French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere does not believe that Van Gogh killed himself
A new film about the artist Vincent Van Gogh claims that he was murdered rather than having shot himself.
"At Eternity's Gate," starring Willem Dafoe as the tortured genius, was premiered Monday at the Venice film festival.
In it the painter is shot after a struggle with local youths near the village of Auvers-sur-Oise outside Paris, where the artist spent his final months in 1890.
He died 36 hours later after staggering back to the local inn in the dark.
While most historians agree that Van Gogh killed himself, renowned painter and Oscar-nominated director Julian Schnabel fuels a theory that he was killed in the film.
Legendary French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere -- who co-wrote the script with Schnabel -- told AFP there "is absolutely no proof he killed himself. Do I believe that Van Gogh killed himself? Absolutely not!"
"He came back to the auberge with a bullet in his stomach and nobody ever found the gun or his painting materials," Carriere added.
"What we have been fighting against is the dark romantic legend of Van Gogh. In the last period of his life Van Gogh was working constantly. Every day he made a new work," he said.
His final weeks, when he painted the "Portrait of Dr Gachet" -- which set a world record when it sold for $82.5 million (77 million euros) in 1990 -- were "not at all sad", the writer argued.