Lighthouse

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The Lighthouse

Der Leuchtturm

Robert Eggers
Kanada/USA, 2019
Features, 110min, OmdU

© 2019 A24 Films © 2019 A24 Films © 2019 A24 Films

The Lighthouse

Robert Eggers
Kanada/USA, 2019
Features, 110min, OmdU

Cast: 
Willem Dafoe
Thomas Wake
Robert Pattinson
Ephraim Winslow
Valeriia Karaman
Mermaid
Screenplay: 
Max Eggers
Robert Eggers
Camera: 
Jarin Blaschke
Editor: 
Louise Ford
Composer: 
Mark Korven
Decoration: 
Craig Lathrop
Costume: 
Linda Muir

Production: 
A24
New Regency
RT Features
World Sales: 
Focus Features
Distribution in Austria: 
UPI Austria
Format: 
DCP
Black/White

Robert Eggers’ debut feature THE WITCH seamlessly mixed folkloric horror with the story of America’s early settlers. His follow-up THE LIGHTHOUSE is no less hallucinatory. The setting shifts from woods plagued by evil spirits to the wind-stricken, sirenhaunted oceanside. Lighthouse caretaker Thomas receives a young assistant named Ephraim. He is thrown off by Thomas’s gruffness and brutality, but becomes increasingly engrossed in the mysteries surrounding the lighthouse itself, suspecting demonic foul play.
Dafoe and Pattison form a drunken, riotous, tour-de-force duo. The antiquated English they both speak helps elevate their roles to mythic Melville heights. Cinematographer Jarin Blaschke captures the claustrophobic, daydream world in crisp, contrast-rich black-and-white, and with dramatic, vertiginous angles. As in Eggers’ previous film, the drama primarily lies in the collapse between internal and external worlds. When these collide, and the lighthouse’s dangerous charms take effect, Ephraim plunges into despair, between a reckless struggle to wrangle authority from his Ahab-like boss and the need to preserve a sliver of his own sanity. The complex sound design further blurs the lines – a plunge into the unknown, exhilarating yet frightful. (Ela Bittencourt)

Robert Eggers: HANSEL AND GRETEL (2007, K), THE TELL-TALE HEART (2008, K), THE VVITCH: A NEW-ENGLAND FOLKTALE (2015), BROTHERS (2015, K)