First Look: Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive

Being one of our favourite filmmakers of ALL TIME, it would be a gross understatement to say that we're "eagerly awaiting" Jim Jarmusch's latest film, the dramatically titled Only Lovers Left Alive. At the very least, we're DYING to see this movie. There, we said it. 

The legendary director of Down By Law, Mystery Train and Ghost Dog: the Way of the Samurai is currently unveiling his vamp horror-romance at Cannes, along with stars Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska. 

Here's some more info on the story: 

Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, 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. Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them?  

We must admit, when we first heard the director was making a vamp movie we were somewhat taken aback. "Jim Jarmusch does Twilight?!" But then we thought: this is Jim Jarmusch, he can work in any genre he damn well likes – be it the western (Dead Man), the samurai flick (Ghost Dog), the prison break movie (Down By Law), the mafia movie (again Ghost Dog). Whatever genre he's working in, though, you can be sure he'll turn it on its head and shake it in every way imaginable. 

Get a load of these new pics from the film, featuring the barely recognisable aforementioned stars...

Jim has also released a director's statement, via The Playlist, which goes a little something like this...

'Only Lovers Left Alive' is an unconventional love story between a man and a woman, Adam and Eve. (My script was partially inspired by the last book published by Mark Twain: The Diaries of Adam and Eve -- though no direct reference to the book is made other than the character’s names.) These two lovers are archetypal outsiders, classic bohemians, extremely intelligent and sophisticated -- yet still in full possession of their animal instincts. They have traveled the world and experienced many remarkable things, always inhabiting the shadowed margins of society. And, like their own love story, their particular perspective on human history spans centuries -- because they happen to be vampires.

But this is not your usual vampire story. Set in the very distinct cities of Detroit and Tangier, and taking place almost entirely at night, Adam and Eve must have human blood to survive. But they now live in the world of the 21st century where biting the neck of a stranger would be reckless and regressive -- for survival, they must be certain the blood that sustains them is pure and free of disease or contamination. And, almost like shadows, they have learned long ago to deftly avoid the attention of any authorities. For our fi lm, the vampire is a resonant metaphor -- a way to frame the deeper intentions of the story. This is a love story, but also the story of two exceptional outsiders who, given their unusual circumstances, have a vast overview of human and natural history, including stunning achievements and tragic and brutal failures. Adam and Eve are themselves metaphors for the present state of human life -- they are fragile and endangered, susceptible to natural forces, and to the shortsighted behavior of those in power.

Stay tuned for more info.

Via The Playlist

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