“Only Lovers Left Alive”: Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston Are Exceptional Outsiders, Vampires

Jim Jarmusch’s new film will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival 2013

By on May 22nd, 2013 20:51 GMT

One of the most anticipated productions to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2013 is director Jim Jarmusch’s “Only Lovers Left Alive,” a cross-genre story of two vampires. Above is a first look at the film.

In a statement issued by Jarmusch ahead of the film premiere, he says that, while Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston play vampires, you should not expect a vampire film like those made in the past couple of years.

I gather that means there’ll be no sparkling in daylight like in “The Twilight Saga.”

“For our film, 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,” Jarmusch says.

“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,” the director adds.

“Only Lovers Left Alive” also stars Mia Wasikowska and Anton Yelchin.

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