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WATCH: Eerie Tensions Rise in First Trailer for Horror Drama ‘The Lighthouse,’ Starring Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson

The Lighthouse

“There is enchantment in the light.” A24 have debuted the first trailer for Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse,” starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe. The story is about two lighthouse keepers set amongst a New England island in the 1890s. While all may seem like a simple plot, the trailer goes sideways as it revels in psychological terrors and riffs between the two men. “How long have we been on this rock? Five weeks? Two days? Help me to recollect,” Dafoe asks Pattinson’s character.

Eggers and his stars took the film to Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, where it didn’t compete for the Palm d’Or but it did take home the FIPRESCI Prize and screened as part of the Director’s Fortnight sidebar. Egger’s second directorial feature is written by himself and Max Eggers. The film was shot in black and white 35mm, giving the film a slight off energy kin to Ingmar Bergman’s “Persona.”

Dafoe recently starred as famous painter Vincent van Gogh in Julian Schnabel’s “At Eternity’s Gate,” for which he was nominated at the Oscars. He can be seen starring alongside Bruce Willis in Edward Norton’s “Motherless Brooklyn,” to premiere at Toronto International Film Festival in September. Pattinson has been churning out amazing performances in films like the Safdie brothers’ “Good Time” and in Claire Denis’ “High Life.” The actor is also set to star in Matt Reeves’ “The Batman.”

A24 is the studio behind “Lady Bird,” “Eighth Grade,” “Ex Machina,” “Hereditary,” best picture winner “Moonlight,” and Eggers’ own directorial debut, “The Witch.”

“The Lighthouse” is produced by RT Features’ Rodrigo Teixeira and Lourenço Sant’ Anna; Parts & Labor’s Jay Van Hoy; and Youree Henley. A24 will distribute the film in theaters in the fall.

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Written by Jessica Peña

Jessica Peña studied journalism at Volunteer State Community College before she began writing about film on a personal blog that sprouted from an electronic media course. She is now a film journalist for Awards Circuit, as well as a content editor and writer for the UK-based site JumpCut Online. She also loves the Child's Play/Chucky franchise with no end in sight.

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