Robert Eggers Talks 'The Lighthouse' At TIFF Q & A Session
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 12:49 IST
By Shaurya Thakur, Santa Banta News Network
After bringing us his spellbinding debut 'The Witch', Robert Eggers is back with his maritime-based thriller 'The Lighthouse.' Currently doing its film festival rounds, this film stars Willem Defoe and Robert Pattinson who have received critical acclaim for their performances.

Doing the Q & A, Eggers began by thanking the present audience and his collaborators. After the premiere, he spoke about his intentions of making this film. Eggers said that unlike other filmmakers, he isn't interested in making movies with a 'message' but at the same time he isn't unaware of what's going around him. He said that subconsciously some elements of today's environment might have seeped into his movie.

On being asked about the preparation, Pattinson mentioned that they had a five day rehearsal period, lauding the director's preparedness which made things easier for the actor. Willem praised the 'visual language' of Eggers, saying that the actors didn't do as much as performance as they figured out the camera placement. On being asked about 'buried alive' sequence, Defoe politely added: `It wasn't pleasant.`

Eggers also talked about the research aspects and use of dialects in the movie. Robert along with his brother and co-writer Max read a lot of Melville, R.L. Stevenson, Sarah Orne Jewett, and dictionaries of sailors which served for two distinct dialects in the movie.

Written by Robert and Max Eggers and directed by Robert Eggers, 'The Lighthouse' is the story of two lighthouse keepers (Willem Defoe and Robert Pattinson)on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. Backed by A24, it will be released theatrically on October 19, 2019.
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