A24 has released the first trailer for The Lighthouse, the sophomore feature film from the writer and director of The Witch, Robert Eggers.
The director of the breakout horror hit The Witch returns with a new genre production alongside the great distributor A24. The Lighthouse is a fantasy horror film starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson and shot all on 35mm black & white film stock.
The film recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival where it was, by and large, one of the most talked-about entries at the prestigious event. Written and directed by Eggers, The Lighthouse follows Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, who play old-timey lighthouse keepers on a remote island. Things go from oustere to outright weird from there as the film questions notions of masculinity and the depths to which fairy tales can embed themselves on our psyche.
Check out the first trailer for The Lighthouse below:
The film is described as a hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. And that’s really it. The trailer itself gives off similar vibes and in typical A24 fashion, we get a pulsating, eerie little teaser for what will be one genre film to keep your eye on.
One aspect of the film that immediately sticks out is its cinematography. Eggers reunited with The Witch cinematographer Jarin Blaschke to create the striking black-and-white look of the film. The movie was shot on 35mm film and will be presented in Academy ratio.
“I shot in black and white 35mm negative,” Eggers said during the film’s Cannes premiere. “It’s very tactile; you can see every pore of the actors’ faces. It’s not supposed to be like an old film but it does reference them. The square format was great for filming lighthouses and we had a special lens made to create chromatic film. For the language, my brother and I read a lot of period texts to absorb the vibe of how people spoke. Obviously, Moby Dick is great literature and Melville’s language was an influence. Willem’s dialect was that of a Maine farmer and Robert’s was a sailor’s dialect. We had a book by Sarah Orne Jewett of stories that were transcribed using dialects and that was an important source for us.”
Check out the poster for The Lighthouse, which keeps its salty, silver screen glamour in tact:
The Lighthouse debuted to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival and will be heading to TIFF next month. It opens in New York and LA on October 18, 2019, with an expansion to follow.