Jim Jarmusch‘s vampire tale Only Lovers Left Alive premiered in Cannes last year where Sony Pictures Classics acquired it. The film then went on to berths in Toronto and the New York Film Festival. Now, it’s a Spotlight title in Sundance with its first screening on Monday. Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin and Jeffrey Wright star in the tale that’s set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier and follows a deeply depressed underground musician who reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured several centuries, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. SPC has set an April 11 U.S release. The trailer below was put out this week for the French release that’s coming up on February 19th.
Sony Pictures Classics acquired North American rights to Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, the vampire pic that premieres tomorrow at Cannes in the In Competition section. The film was produced by Jeremy Thomas of Recorded Picture Company and Reinhard Brundig of Pandora Film. Christos Konstantakopoulos of Fairilo House served as executive producer. Starring Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin and Jeffrey Wright, Only Lovers Left Alive takes place against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier and follows an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, who reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. “It would take a stake through the heart to keep Barker, Bernard and Leiner away from a good movie,” stated Producer JeremyThomas. Thorsten Schumacher and Jan Spielhoff for HanWay Films and ICM negotiated the deal.
As promised, Thierry Frémaux has added a handful of titles to the Cannes Film Festival‘s official selection after announcing the bulk of the roster last Thursday. Jim Jarmusch‘s vampire tale Only Lovers Left Alive with Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton and Mia Wasikowska will run in Competition, and Claude Lanzmann’s Holocaust documentary Le Dernier Des Injustes has an out of competition berth. In the Un Certain Regard sidebar, Frémaux has added Vodka Lemon director Hiner Saleem’s My Sweet Pepperland, Katrin Gebbe’s debut feature Tore Tanzt, and Argentine director Lucia Puenzo’s Wakolda. Puenzo won the grand prize in Critics’ Week with 2007′s XXY. The Cannes Classics selection will be announced Monday.
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