Only Lovers Left Alive

2013, U.K./Germany/Greece/France, 123m, 35mm

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Screened September 28, 2023

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The tale of two fragile and sensitive vampires, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), who have been lovers for centuries. Both are cultured intellectuals with an all-embracing passion for music, literature and science, who have evolved to a level where they no longer kill for sustenance, but still retain their innate wildness.Their love story has endured several centuries but their debauched idyll is threatened by the uninvited arrival of Eve’s carefree little sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) who hasn’t yet learned to tame her wilder instincts. Driven by sensual photography, trance-like music, and droll humor, Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive is a meditation on art, science, and the mysteries of everlasting love.

Jeremy Thomas: To work with Jim Jarmusch was irresistible as I’m a big fan, and we had been pals for decades. We shot in Detroit, interiors in Cologne, and then on to Tangiers, where we retraced many ghosts and talked about vampires like Burroughs and Bowles. To work with the wonderful cast, Tilda Swinton and John Hurt again, and Tom Hiddleston for the first time, and with Mia Wasikowska and Anton Yelchin made the experience all the better. 

A film by Jim Jarmusch