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The Lighthouse

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Original title
The Lighthouse
Running time
110 min.
United States United States
Robert Eggers, Max Eggers
Mark Korven
Jarin Blaschke (B&W)
Co-production United States-Canada;
A24, Regency Enterprises, RT Features. Distributor: A24
Drama. Fantasy. Horror | 19th Century. Psychological Drama
As the wavering cry of the foghorn fills the air, the taciturn former lumberjack, Ephraim Winslow, and the grizzled lighthouse keeper, Thomas Wake, set foot in a secluded and perpetually grey islet off the coast of late-19th-century New England. For the following four weeks of back-breaking work and unfavourable conditions, the tight-lipped men will have no one else for company except for each other, forced to endure irritating idiosyncrasies, bottled-up resentment, and burgeoning hatred. Then, amid bad omens, a furious and unending squall maroons the pale beacon's keepers in the already inhospitable volcanic rock, paving the way for a prolonged period of feral hunger; excruciating agony; manic isolation, and horrible booze-addled visions. Now, the eerie stranglehold of insanity tightens. Is there an escape from the wall-less prison of the mind?
2019: Academy Awards: Nominated for Best Cinematography
2019: BAFTA Awards: Nominated for Best Cinematography
2019: Cannes Film Festival: FIPRESCI Award (Quinzaine)
2019: Critics Choice Awards: Nomin. for Best Cinematography & Sup. Actor (Dafoe)
2019: Independent Spirit Awards: Best Cinematography & Sup. Actor (Dafoe). 5 Noms
2019: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Cinematography
2019: San Francisco Film Critics Circle: Nom. Best Supp. Actor (Dafoe) & Cinematography
2019: Gotham Awards: Nominated for Best Actor (Dafoe)
2019: Satellite Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Willem Dafoe)
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