The Lighthouse (2019 film)

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The Lighthouse
Directed byRobert Eggers
Produced by
  • Youree Henley
  • Lourenço Sant' Anna
  • Rodrigo Teixeira
  • Jay Van Hoy
Written by
  • Robert Eggers
  • Max Eggers
Music byMark Korven
CinematographyJarin Blaschke
Edited byLouise Ford
Distributed by
Release date
  • May 19, 2019 (2019-05-19) (Cannes)
Running time
110 minutes[1]
  • United States
  • Canada

The Lighthouse is a 2019 black-and-white dark fantasy horror film directed by Robert Eggers and written by him and Max Eggers. It stars Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe.

It had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2019. The film received critical acclaim, with critics highlighting the technical aspects, direction and the performances of Pattinson and Dafoe.



In February 2018, it was announced Willem Dafoe had been cast in the film, with Robert Eggers writing and directing from a screenplay he wrote with his brother, Max Eggers. Youree Henley, Lourenço Sant'Anna, Rodrigo Teixeira and Jay Van Hoy will serve as producers on the film, under their RT Features, New Regency and Parts & Labor banners, respectively. A24 will distribute the film in the United States, while Universal Pictures and Focus Features will handle the international distribution.[2][3] That same month, Robert Pattinson joined the cast of the film.[4]

Principal photography began on April 9, 2018.[5][6] Filming took place at Leif Ericson Park in Cape Forchu, and inside a hangar at Yarmouth International Airport, in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.[7][8] Editor Louise Ford revealed that the film was shot on black and white 35mm film.[9]


It had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in the Directors' Fortnight section on May 19, 2019.[10] The film will be distributed by A24 in North America and by Focus Features elsewhere in the world.[11]


It was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize for best first or second feature at the Cannes Film Festival.[12]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 98% based on 52 reviews, with an average rating of 9.18/10. The site's critics' consensus reads: "A gripping story brilliantly filmed and led by a pair of powerhouse performances, The Lighthouse further establishes Robert Eggers as a filmmaker of exceptional talent."[13] On Metacritic, another review aggregator, the film has a weighted average score of 91 out of 100 based on 15 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[14]

Owen Gleiberman of Variety called the film, "darkly exciting" and "made with extraordinary skill," commenting that "the movie, building on 'The Witch,' proves that Robert Eggers possesses something more than impeccable genre skill. He has the ability to lock you into the fever of what's happening onscreen."[15]


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref(s)
Cannes Film Festival 25 May 2019 FIPRESCI Prize - Directors' Fortnight/Critics' Week Robert Eggers Won [12]


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  2. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (February 7, 2018). "Willem Dafoe Alights For Robert Eggers-Directed 'The Lighthouse'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  3. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (May 15, 2019). "Focus Takes International On Robert Eggers' 'The Lighthouse' Starring Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe – Cannes". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  4. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (February 15, 2018). "Robert Pattinson Joins Robert Eggers' Fantasy Horror Film 'The Lighthouse'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  5. ^ Thorne, Tara (March 16, 2018). "Dafoe and Pattinson to visit The Lighthouse in Nova Scotia". TheCoast. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  6. ^ "FEATURE FILM – YARMOUTH- BACKGROUND PERFORMERS: BEARDS!". Hennessey Casting. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  7. ^ "Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson head to Nova Scotia for The Lighthouse". The Location Guide. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  8. ^ "Lighthouse filming project big economic boon for Yarmouth". Yarmouth Vanguard. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  9. ^ Nordine, Michael (May 13, 2018). "'The Lighthouse,' Robert Eggers' Follow-Up to 'The Witch,' Will Be Black and White". IndieWire. Retrieved May 13, 2018.
  10. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (April 23, 2019). "Cannes: Directors' Fortnight Includes Robert Pattinson Pic 'The Lighthouse', Takashi Miike, Netflix Film 'Wounds' & Luca Guadagnino Short". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  11. ^ Hopewell, John (May 25, 2019). "Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe's 'The Lighthouse' Wins Cannes Critics' Award". Variety. Variety Media, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  12. ^ a b Haring, Bruce (March 25, 2019). "'The Lighthouse' Wins Fipresci Critics Awards At Cannes Film Festival". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  13. ^ "The Lighthouse (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  14. ^ "The Lighthouse Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  15. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (May 19, 2019). "Film Review: 'The Lighthouse'". Variety. Retrieved May 27, 2019.

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