Next month, A24 will release The Lighthouse, their reteam with The Witch director Robert Eggers, which finds Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson off the coast of Nova Scotia as they get more and more delirious due to their grueling way of life as lighthouse keepers. Shot in black-and-white, the acclaimed Cannes premiere arrived at TIFF this weekend and now a new trailer and poster have landed.
Rory O’Connor said in his review, “For all its finely considered dread, the reason Robert Eggers’ ungulate-deifying debut The Witch made such a cultural mark had far more to do with its sense of mischief. Sure, puritan religious life is fine, Eggers seemed to say, but have you ever tried living deliciously? His second feature, The Lighthouse, brilliantly confirms that taste for devilry and narrative subterfuge. It’s a ghost story drenched in gritty, saltwater-flecked period accuracy and anchored in cautionary maritime fables, but one with a boozy, amorous, and darkly comic edge that made me think of everything from The Birds to Ben Wheatley’s similarly trippy A Field in England. Needless to say, it rules.”
See the trailer and poster below, along with the TIFF Q&A.
The Lighthouse opens October 18.