The Lighthouse

  • 109'
  • Canada
  • 2019

Two salty sea dogs (Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe) manage the lighthouse on a remote island. A desolate, windy piece of rock where there’s nothing to do other than work and drink. The two surly colleagues make up for their lack of social graces with banter in the style of Herman Melville. Their inevitable recourse to the supplies of alcohol results in erotically charged tensions, violent outbursts and supernatural hallucinations.

Following the seventeenth-century horrors of his debut, The Witch, this time Robert Eggers presents a maritime nightmare set in the late nineteenth century. In sombre black-and-white and an almost square aspect ratio, The Lighthouse explores the claustrophobia of two vulnerable men condemned to one another. In this refined psychological horror, Eggers proves himself to be one of the most ambitious contemporary American genre filmmakers.

As part of Critics’ Choice, the screening of Thu 23 Jan, 16:15 will be preceded by a video essay from Kevin B. Lee at the opening of Critics' Choice On Collectivity VI.

Director
Robert Eggers
Countries of production
Canada, USA
Production Year
2019
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
109'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Robert Eggers, Rodrigo Teixeira, Lourenço Sant' Anna, Jay Van Hoy, Youree Henley
Production Companies
A24, New Regency, RT Features, Parts & Labor Films
Sales
A24
Screenplay
Robert Eggers, Max Eggers
Cinematography
Jarin Blaschke
Editor
Louise Ford
Production Design
Craig Lathrop
Sound Design
Damian Volpe
Music
Mark Korven
Cast
Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe, Valeriia Karaman
Local Distributor
Universal Pictures International Netherlands BV