90 minutes, Canada-USA, 2015, Digital

This film was released 11th March 2016, and is no longer screening.

★★★★★ Irish Examiner ★★★★ The Irish Times

A family of settlers in 17th century New England are exiled from their village and forced to live in the outskirts of a foreboding forest. Their isolation from the community is total, and they must subsist on what meagre crops the harsh land provides; husband William (Ralph Ineson) and wife Katherine (Kate Dickie) toil while their daughter Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy) cares for their infant. When the child suddenly and inexplicably goes missing, the family descends into a terrifying religious hysteria.

With its roots in the folk horror tradition, The Witch is both a deeply ominous tale of the supernatural and an exquisitely crafted recreation of life on the margins in a new world settlement, with every element – from costumes to speech patterns – imbued with a rare authenticity and rigour. The film stands a major achievement for debut director Robert Eggers. (Notes by David O’Mahony.)

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