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by Peter Knegt
May 24, 2013 8:00 PM
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Jim Jarmusch's Tilda Swinton Vampire Pic 'Only Lovers Left Alive' Heads From Cannes To Sony Classics

A day before its official premiere in Cannes, Jim Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Alive" has been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics for U.S. Release. Starring Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin and Jeffrey Wright, the film follows a love story between two vampires (played by Swinton and Hiddleston).

Full press release below. Check out this review on The Playlist.
NEW YORK (May 24, 2013) - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American rights to Jim Jarmusch’s ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, which will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival tomorrow 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.
"Tangier, Detroit, vampires, guitars - and now Sony Classics - what else is there to say!” added Thorsten Schumacher, Managing Director of Hanway Films.
“ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE is one of the great Jarmusch pictures and American audiences will love it. We are excited to be back with Jim and our great friends Jeremy Thomas and Tilda Swinton, whose performance along with the rest of the cast is fantastic,” said Sony Pictures Classics.
Thorsten Schumacher and Jan Spielhoff for HanWay Films and ICM negotiated the deal.