2015 Sundance Directing Award

One of the darkest eras of human civilization, the notorious witch trials in New England are the inspiration behind The Witch, defined as “the most terrifying film of Sundance.” The debut feature of stage director and writer/director Robert Eggers is set in 1630: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life, homesteading on the edge of an impassable wilderness, with five children. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family unravels within superstition, their own fears and anxieties, and begins to turn on one another. Beyond their worst fears, a supernatural evil lurks in the nearby wood.

Certain scenes in this film depicting sexual situations or containing violence might not be suitable for minors.