Down Vampire Hole…Again

Jim Jarmusch‘s Only Lovers Left Alive, a vampire drama with a presumably dry and perverse tone, had been tipped as a competition entry in the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. Today it was confirmed (along with four other films that no one knows very much about). Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska (whose stock in trade is playing weird, depressed, pale-skinned chicks with vacant expressions), Anton Yelchin (who’s also crossed the Euphrates into Weirdoland), John Hurt and Slimane Dazi (who?).

Tilda Swinton and an actor who may be Tom Hiddleston in Jim Jarmsuch’s Only Lovers Left Alive.

Synopsis: “Adam (Hiddleston), an underground musician and deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover, Eve (Swinton). Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their idyll is soon interrupted by Eve’s wild and uncontrollable younger sister, Ava (Wasikowska).”

The thing for Jarmusch, obviously, wasn’t the fangs but the shades.

Claude Lanzman‘s Le Dernier Des Injustes (out of competition) might be something but I’m a little hazy on Hiner Saleem‘s My Sweet Pepperland (Un Certain Regard), Katrin Gebbe‘s Tore Tanzi and Lucia Puenzo‘s Wakolda.

  • Was hoping Jarmusch managed to break into competition, now I would just like to see the execution live up to the promise of the story.

  • Claude Lanzman, what a fucking LOSER, amirite?

  • Shazada


    Slimane Dazi is THE real “face” of the new French cinema. Jim Jarmusch has noticed a Prophet by Jacques Audiard (where he played Latrache). Fascinated, he saw his role more than he plays. You will love this guy!

    • Wow, Jeff’s slipping; he said he LOVED “A Prophet.”

  • Raising_Kaned

    Jarmusch vampires, eh? What’s next — Almodovar zombies, Herzog werewolves (okay, that last one actually isn’t half-bad)?

    I guess I always wondered what the HE consensus was on Jarmusch, but never really had the proper excuse to ask (doesn’t seem like there have been an overwhelming # of posts on him here).

    While I dig the offbeat stylings of Dead Man and Ghost Dog, and I certainly understand why Stranger than Paradise is hailed as one of the most influential flicks of the mid-80s No Wave (soon-to-be “indie”) movement of filmmaking — I can’t say that I’m a particularly big “fan” or anything…doesn’t the whole meandering narrative, characters floating in and out of each others’ lives, musicians cast in major roles eventually start getting old at a certain point?

    Perhaps Jarmusch just had the misfortune/bad timing of putting out the movie that best encapsulates all of his themes/obsessions the first time out (not counting Permanent Vacation obviously)? I mean, not even Welles could ever fully recover from that

    Like I said, though — I’d really like to hear some other opinions on JJ — he’s someone whose career doesn’t tend to get comprehensively dissected or overanalyzed much on the ‘Net for whatever reason, which really makes me all the more curious as to what people actually think of him now that he’s 30+ (!) years into his career.

  • JLC

    My favorite Tilda Swinton role ever was as the angel Gabriel in Constantine. So Swinton as a vampire could be pretty nifty.

  • Correcting Jeff

    Jim Jarmusch’s presentation of “The Hunger,” eh?

    I’ll say this: how can we be sure Tilda Swinton *isn’t* really a vampire?

    • Raising_Kaned

      Swinton is extremely well-cast as early-’80s Bowie, that is fo’ sho’.

  • His episode of FISHING WITH JOHN is so good. So suspenseful, too.

  • Guy Lodge

    Yeah, the director of ‘Shoah’ is a real Charlie Nobody.

    Where are the Doug Limans this year?

  • Guy Lodge

    Oh, I see now that Glenn got there first, but it bears repeating. Come on, Jeff.