Director: Robert Eggers
remote island off the coast of New England in the late 19th century.
Two lighthouse keepers, trapped and isolated due to a seemingly
never-ending storm, engage in an escalating battle of wills, as
tensions boil over and mysterious, mythological forces loom all
around them. A bellowing foghorn, stinging
wind, and crashing waves of the Atlantic
Ocean... “Nothing good can happen when two men are left alone in a
giant phallus,” remarks the director.
second feature film of Robert Eggers (The Witch, 2015) –
widely known for his meticulous craft and detail, which is revealed
in every scene – is a psychological horror drama.
black-and-white 35mm film,
with the square frame and aspect ratio (1.19:1) favored by early
pioneering filmmakers. The film's aesthetics was built through works
of literature, painting, music, and historical documentation.
its debut at the Directors’
of the Cannes Film Festival, earning a best movie honour from the
Curator's point of view: The film that restarted the entire auteur cinema/arthouse cinema of 2019. The booming, dark and mystic trip into the subconscious of a New England seadog engages all senses. The film’s pitch black and dank essence almost seeps through the screen – sound, image, rhythm of the language and mythologic textures.