The Lighthouse

Robert Eggers, USA, Canada 2019, 110’
Polish premiere
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The Lighthouse, which was probably discussed more often at the Cannes Festival than the winner of the Palme d’Or. It is a masterpiece dripping with saltwater that dictates its own conditions right from the opening scenes; it is a claustrophobic gothic tale shot in black-and-white and one of the best films of the year. In the 1890s, two men (Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe in the best acting duel of the season) are locked up for weeks in a lighthouse as they try to come to an agreement, without removing the pipes from their mouths for even a moment and slowly losing their senses on a small, mysterious island in Maine, and in a way that only Robert Eggers—a lover of classic horror films—could come up with. The film is both terrifying and hysterically funny, not to mention full of juicy, infinitely long and highly quotable lines, none of which can be printed. It shows what might have happened if Herman Melville and the Lake Poets had drunk themselves into oblivion one evening and, listening to the howling of a storm outside, entertained themselves by telling tales of the sea in the intervals between scuffles. 

Marta Bałaga


Cannes IFF 2019 – FIPRESCI Prize; Deauville FF 2019 – Jury Prize

Robert Eggers

Born in 1983, Robert Eggers is an American director and screenwriter residing in New York. Three years ago, his debut feature, The Witch, turned out to be one of the most fascinating film surprises of the year, collecting prestigious awards at world festivals, including Sundance, and at the Independent Spirit Awards. His second film, The Lighthouse, starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, won a FIPRESCI film critics award at Cannes.


2007 Hansel and Gretel (video short)

2008 The Tell-Tale Heart (short)

2015 Czarownica: Bajka ludowa z Nowej Anglii / The VVitch: A New-England Folktale

2015 Brothers (short)

2019 The Lighthouse

Cast & Crew

director Robert Eggers
screenplay Robert Eggers, Max Eggers
cinematography Jarin Blaschke
editing Louise Ford
music Mark Korven
cast Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe, Valeriia Karaman
producer Youree Henley, Lourenço Sant’ Anna, Rodrigo Teixeira, Jay Van Hoy
production A24, New Regency Pictures, RT Features
sales UIP
language English
coloration b&w
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