First look at “The Lighthouse”, the new Robert Eggers movie premiering in Cannes

First look at "The Lighthouse", the new Robert Eggers movie premiering in Cannes

This year, the Cannes Film Festival will take place between 14 and 25 May, with Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu as the president jury. Probably the most expected film to be in the line-up is the world premiere of Quentin Tarantino‘s long-awaited Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) about the infamous murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and some of her friends in the hands of the Manson Family. Also, we already mentioned in a previous article the appearance the participation of science-fiction drama Little Joe (2019), directed by Jessica Hausner [you can read it here]. Now it is the time to talk about another of the main courses of the festival, The Lighthouse (2019).

The Lighthouse (2019) is the new movie by Robert Eggers, a young filmmaker who bedazzled all the horror and mystery genre fans with his debut feature film The Witch (2015) (or The VVitch: A New-England Folktale, if you prefer the longer stylized title). For his new project, the American moviemaker stays under the wings of horror and fantasy to tell the story of an aging lighthouse keeper named Old who lives in early 20th-century Maine, and the young man who appears in his path. The two characters are played by two big names in the movie universe, veteran Willem Dafoe and former teen start turned into a competent actor Robert Pattinson.

Back in February 2018, it was announced that Robert Eggers was already working on a new movie with a screenplay written by himself together with his brother Max Eggers. Willem Dafoe was the first actor to be cast in a project that he quoted to be the most exciting project he has been involved in for the last years. Later that month Robert Pattinson was signed and announced to also be part of the film. Principal photography began on April 9, 2018, taking place at Leif Ericson Park in Cape Forchu, and in Canada. The movie was shot on black and white 35mm film, so prepare yourself for a good bunch of amazingly dark and pretty images. And a good proof of that is the only photo that has transcended from the movie and which is illustrating this little article.

Cannes Film Festival 2019 will open the 14th of May with the world premiere of Jim Jarmusch’s horror comedy The Dead Don’t Die (2019). Other interesting titles in competition besides Little Joe (2019), Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)  and The Lighthouse (2019), are Pain & Glory (2019) by Pedro Almodóvar, The Traitor (2019) by Gilbert Gunn and Michael McCarthy, Parasite (2019) by Joon Ho Bong, Oh Mercy! (2019) by Arnaud Desplechin, The Wild Goose Lake (2019) by Yi’nan Diao, A Hidden Life (2019) by Terrence Malick, and Bacurau (2019) by Juliano Dornelles and Kleber Mendonça Filho. Out of competition, films worth to mention are Abel Ferrara‘s Tommaso (2019), Werner Herzog‘s Family Romance, LLC (2019), and the first 2 episodes of TV series Too Old to Die Young  (2019– ) created by Ed Brubaker and Nicolas Winding Refn.


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