08 19 Oct '24
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Sam Mendes

Empire of Light

119' - 2022 - Drama, Romance - Dialogue: English
Director: Sam Mendes Composer: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross With: Olivia Colman, Micheal Ward, Colin Firth, Toby Jones
The pen of director Sam Mendes and the brush of his chief of photography Roger Deakins conjure up a profoundly human ode to love and cinema.
Set in an English seaside town in the early 1980s, Empire of Light is a powerful and poignant story about human connection and the magic of cinema, from Academy Award®-winning director Sam Mendes.
“Created with great tenderness and compassion by writer-director Sam Mendes, Empire of Light is a love letter to the people who come together under the glow of the cinema, and to the beautiful tales they take away for the rest of their lives.” - TIFF

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Sam Mendes


Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross


Olivia Colman, Micheal Ward, Colin Firth, Toby Jones


Sam Mendes

Director of Photography

Roger Deakins


Lee Smith


Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris

Production studios

Neal Street Productions


The Walt Disney Company Benelux / Searchlight Pictures

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Countries of production

United Kingdom




Sam Mendes
American Beauty (1999), Road to Perdition (2002), Jarhead (2005), Revolutionary Road (2008), Away We Go (2009), Skyfall (2012), King Lear (2014), Spectre (2015), The Lehman Trilogy (2019), 1917 (2019), Empire of Light (2022)

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