DIR: ROBERT EGGERS. WITH: WILLEM DAFOE,ROBERT PATTINSON. USA 2019.
Following his acclaimed debut The Witch, Robert Eggers returns with this highly anticipated psychological thriller that charts the slow descent into madness of two lighthouse keepers on a remote New England island at the turn of the 19th Century. Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson) reluctantly arrives at the lighthouse for a four-week stint where he is greeted by veteran seafarer Tom Wake (Willem Dafoe). The young apprentice has to undertake the back-breaking physical toil while Tom alone keeps the beacon in operation. As the weary Ephraim’s resentment grows so does the sense of fear and paranoia. The starkly beautiful black and white images - shot by cinematographer Jarin Blaschke - and the superb sound design, create a hypnotic and hallucinatory fusion of beauty and brutality, that combine powerfully with the extraordinary performances from Dafoe and Pattinson’s feuding duo.
Screening as part of CINECITY: The Brighton Film Festival 2019. Each year, CINECITY takes you on adventures in world cinema, bringing you the best in festival previews, live cinema and archive treasures