+ intro by Bait director Mark Jenkin
The award-winning director of The Witch returns to terrorise us with a masterful maritime shocker.
Dir Robert Eggers
With Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson, Valeriia Karaman
A Universal Pictures International release
When Ephraim Winslow (Pattinson) reluctantly arrives at the lighthouse where he’ll work for the next four weeks he’s greeted with gruff hostility by Tom Wake (Dafoe), a veteran seafarer with whom he’s obliged to share uncomfortably close quarters. The pair quickly establish a volatile dynamic, with Tom the baiting slave-driver and Ephraim his battered lackey. With the slow passing of each punishing day Ephraim’s resentment grows, but when he learns of the mysterious fate that befell his master’s former assistant, a creeping sense of fear and paranoia begins to stir. This hypnotic fusion of beauty and brutality, a hit at 2019’s BFI London Film Festival, boasts extraordinary performances from Dafoe and Pattinson, who wrap their scowling mouths around Robert and Max Eggers’ knotty period text with unwavering gusto.
Michael Blyth, Programmer
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