WILLEM DAFOE AND ELLEN PAGE TO ATTEND THE ATLANTIC FILM FEST

Willem Dafoe, co-star of the critically lauded and Nova Scotia-shot movie The Lighthouse, and Halifax native Ellen Page are set to attend the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival.

Willem Dafoe, left, and director Robert Eggers arrive for the North American premiere of the thriller The Lighthouse at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. - Chris Helgren / Reuters

Willem Dafoe, co-star of the critically lauded and Nova Scotia-shot movie The Lighthouse, and Halifax native Ellen Page are set to attend the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival.

The Lighthouse director and writer Robert Eggers is also to attend the film’s Closing Night Gala Presentation on Sept. 19 at Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane.

Shot in the spring of 2018 on sets and locations around Yarmouth, including scenic Cape Forchu, Eggers’s psychological thriller about a pair of Maine lighthouse keepers reduced to savagery by their isolation screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday. It was warmly received at TIFF with positive reviews like Exclaim!’s description of “a gripping, smartly stylized descent into madness.”

Accompanied at the TIFF premiere by both Dafoe and his co-star Robert Pattinson, Eggers spoke fondly of their experience of filming in Yarmouth, and said, “Our thoughts are with Nova Scotia right now,” while post-tropical storm Dorian left much of the province in darkness.

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