Sony Classics Picks Up Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’

Vampire drama playing in competition at Cannes

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American rights to Jim Jarmusch’s vampire drama “Only Lovers Left Alive” on the eve of its world premiere at Cannes in competition.

Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin and Jeffrey Wright star. Story is set in Detroit and Tangiers and follows an underground musician who reunites with his lover.

The film was produced by Jeremy Thomas of Recorded Picture Company and Reinhard Brundig of Pandora Film with Christos Konstantakopoulos of Fairilo House executive producing.

Thorsten Schumacher and Jan Spielhoff for HanWay Films and ICM Partners negotiated the deal.

Leslie Felperin wrote in the Cannes review for Variety: “Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston have empathic chemistry as the leads, and the pic is a smidge more commercial than Jarmusch’s meandering previous effort, ‘The Limits of Control.’ But it still feels like an in-joke intended only for select acolytes, who will probably love it with an undying passion.”

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