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At the age of 38, Robert Eggers is already one of the most exciting directors of our time — and not just since yesterday. With his two stylish directorial works «The Witch» (2015) and «The Lighthouse» (2019) he inspired audiences and trade press alike. And with “ The Northman ” (from April 21 in cinemas) his next stroke of genius seems to follow soon. At least that’s what the first critics are promising.
Anyone who has perhaps never heard of Eggers and is now perhaps wondering why we are not a bit surprised by the wave of enthusiasm that is being shown towards his new film would do well to look forward to the forthcoming “The Northman ‘ theatrical release: ‘ The Witch ‘ is currently available as a subscription to Netflix, you can get ‘ The Lighthouse ‘ for a small thaler as a VOD or, thanks to a 6-for-30-euro campaign, currently also cheaply on Blu-ray.
» «The Witch» on Netflix
» «The Lighthouse» on Amazon *
In both cases, you should be prepared for sinister, atmospheric and bitterly evil genre cinema, which apparently also awaits us in his new film…
Bloody, imposing & intense: A visually stunning revenge epic
After trips to New England in the 1630s and Canada in the 19th century, The Northman goes a long way back in history. It is the year 895 when Fjölnir ( Claes Bang ) murders his half-brother, the Viking king Aurvandil ( Ethan Hawke ) to take his place on the throne. However, Aurvandil’s son Amleth manages to escape — and many years later (played by Alexander Skarsgård ) embarks on a brutal campaign to avenge his father’s death. And he obviously has it all, as the following voices about the film suggest.
The Northman Trailer (2) DF