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In this exquisitely-made and terrifying new horror film, the age-old concepts of witchcraft, black magic and possession are innovatively brought together to tell the intimate and riveting story of one family’s frightful unraveling.

Set in New England circa 1630, The Witch follows a farmer who get cast out of his colonial plantation and is forced to move his wife and five children to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest rumored to be controlled by witches. Almost immediately, strange and unsettling things begin to happen—the animals turn malevolent, the crops fail, and one child disappears while another becomes seemingly possessed by an evil spirit. As suspicion and paranoia mount, everyone begins to point the finger at teenage daughter Thomasin. They accuse her of witchcraft, which she adamantly denies...but as circumstances become more and more treacherous, each family member’s faith, loyalty, and love will be tested in shocking and unforgettable ways.

Writer/director Robert Eggers’ debut feature, which premiered to great acclaim at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival (and won the Best Director Prize in the U.S. Narrative Competition), painstakingly recreates a God-fearing New England decades before the 1692 Salem witch trials, in which religious convictions and pagan folklore famously clashed. Told through the eyes of the adolescent Thomasin — in a star-making turn by newcomer Anya Taylor-Joy — and supported by mesmerizing camera work and a powerful musical score, THE WITCH is a chilling and groundbreaking new take on the genre.

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Best Picture of the Year

Jay Van Hoy
Lars Knudsen
Jodi Redmond
Daniel Bekerman
Rodrigo Teixeira

Best Director

Robert Eggers

Best Original Screenplay

Robert Eggers

Best Actress

Anya Taylor-Joy

Best Supporting Actor

Ralph Ineson

Best Supporting Actress

Kate Dickie

Best Cinematography

Jarin Blaschke

Best Production Design

Craig Lathrop

Best Film Editing

Louise Ford

Best Costume Design

Linda Muir

Best Original Score

Mark Korven

Best Sound Mixing

Production Sound Mixer
Rob Turi

Re-Recording Mixers
Orest Sushko
Chris Guglick

Best Sound Editing

Sound Designer
Adam Stein

Sound Editor
Mark Gingras

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Key Makeup Artist
Traci Loader

Key Hairdresser
Lydia Pensa

Best Visual Effects

Visual Effects Supervisor
Geoff D.E. Scott