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The Lighthouse
Original title:
The Lighthouse
Slovenian title:
Svetilnik
Section:
KINGS & QUEENS
Country, year:
USA, Canada, 2019
Length:
110
Directed by:
Robert Eggers
Screenplay:
Robert Eggers, Max Eggers
Cinematography:
Jarin Blaschke
Music:
Mark Korven
Subtitles:
slovenian
Language:
English
Voting code:
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Cast:
Robert Pattinson (Ephraim Winslow), Willem Dafoe (Thomas Wake), Valeriia Karaman (morska deklica)
Awards:
Cannes 2019 – Directors' Fortnight (FIPRESCI Prize)

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Description:
The latest from the director of career-defining The Witch, Robert Eggers's The Lighthouse is an even darker journey into the past, featuring brilliant Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson as the lead characters.
New England, around 1890. Two stern, taciturn men are about to start a four-week stretch of duty on a remote, wind-lashed rock to tend the lighthouse there. Thomas Wake is the ageing veteran: he is the senior officer, with sole charge of the light itself. Ephraim Winslow has the lesser, more arduous and demeaning jobs of maintaining the rotational machinery, mending and cleaning. From the very first, he is glowering and resentful, furious at Tom's bantering and baiting. Ephraim has disturbing and intimately erotic visions of a mermaid luring him into the sea. Eventually, the loneliness, the frustration and periodic bouts of drunkenness take their toll, and in a hysterical rage Ephraim does something awful that disturbs the balance of the heavens themselves.

"Very few films can make you scared and excited at the same time. Just like the lighthouse beam, this is dazzling and dangerous. 5/5" (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian)