Nova Scotia says it has given more than $1.6 million to a Robert Pattinson movie filmed near Yarmouth, N.S. "The Lighthouse," directed by Robert Eggers, is a fantasy horror movie also starring Willem Dafoe.

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The province says it has committed $1.673 million to the production, based on an eligible expenditure of $5.98 million, through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund. Nova Scotia Business Inc. announced the funding Thursday, but the movie was filmed this spring.

The production was greeted with huge local interest and proved an economic boon to the Yarmouth area, with actors and crew members spotted at local stores and restaurants.

One local man took a selfie with a very bearded Dafoe at a local grocery store. Screen Nova Scotia tweeted a photo of a 60-foot lighthouse built for the movie at Cape Forchu in Yarmouth Harbour, "designed to replicate those built in the early 20th century."

Additional scenes were reportedly filmed in a Yarmouth airport hangar.