Since its release earlier this year at Cannes Film Festival, The Lighthouse (2019) has the tag of being one of the most important movies of the year. The more people that have seen it, the more the hype is getting bigger and bigger. A movie perhaps not intended to be devotional for the big masses, but truly a unique cinema experience.
For those who has seen the movie The Witch (2015), the debut in a feature film of writer and director Robert Eggers, there is no surprise with the statement that the man gives a very strong importance on the treating of the image, the photography, and also the sound ambient and soundtrack of his films. That, together with a dark story and some unexpected plot surprises, could be called his trademark. In The Lighthouse (2019), although the movie style is substantially different, it is clear that it comes from the same mind, from the imagination of a filmmaker in love with movies and the big stimulation of all the senses than they produce.
The Lighthouse (2019) tells the story of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island. A story that as a concept smells like it is going to be plagued with mysteries, but those mysteries also develop into horrors. The movie is sustained only by actors Willem Dafoe playing old Thomas Wake, and Robert Pattinson in the skin of young Ephraim Winslow. Fashion model and debutant in a film Valeriia Karaman also has a small role as the Mermaid.
The movie had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in the Directors’ Fortnight section on May 19, 2019. There, it achieved the FIPRESCI Prize. This month it was also part of the line-up of Toronto International Film Festival, and before its theatrical release it is scheduled to be seen in a handful of other festivals including Deauville Film Festival, Atlantic Film Festival, San Sebastián Film Festival, Helsinki International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Zurich Film Festival, London Film Festival or Mill Valley Film Festival. Here you can see the new trailer for The Lighthouse (2019):
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