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United Kingdom | 2012 | 118 minutes | Neil Jordan

Academy Award® winner Neil Jordan returns to vampire lore with this stylish and haunting gothic thriller about an ageless mother and daughter who reside at the Byzantium Hotel, charming their prey while hiding from a narrow-minded order of ancient ones.

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Academy Award® winner Neil Jordan presents a feminine twist to vampire lore with this stylish and haunting gothic thriller about an ageless pair, Clara (Gemma Arterton) and Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan), who come to a sleepy English coastal town. Volatile and mature Clara is a true vamp, seeking prey on the tawdry boardwalk and entrancing the lonely owner of the run-down Byzantium Hotel. Her sister Eleanor, an eternal schoolgirl who loves to write stories, seeks out the elderly and infirm, preferring only to take the life of those who are ready to end theirs. This attracts the attention of Frank (Caleb Landry Jones), a young man with Leukemia who is prone to bleeding. As Clara and Eleanor are settling into their new life, an ancient order continues their hunt for the femme bloodsuckers, and now the past is about to catch up with them. Jordan last visited this world with 1994's Interview With the Vampire, and he returns with his trademark seductive style and lush visuals, including a stunning and bloody new manner of transformation, for a vampire tale where the stories and mythologies are much more complex and tragic than is first revealed.

Director Biography
Academy Award® winner Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire has been making celebrated films for four decades, directing some of the big screen’s most iconic stars, including Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Michael Caine, Robert de Niro, Liam Neeson, Peter O’Toole, Jeremy Irons, Jodi Foster, and Julia Roberts.

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Director: Neil Jordan
Principal Cast: Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Sam Riley, Caleb Landry Jones
Country: United Kingdom, Ireland
Year: 2012
Running Time: 118 minutes
Producer: Stephen Woolley, Elizabeth Karlsen, Alan Moloney
Screenplay: Moira Buffini
Cinematographers: Sean Bobbitt
Editors: Tony Lawson
Music: Javier Navarrete
Website: http://www.westendfilms.com/films/library/byzantium
Filmography: Ondine (2009); Breakfast on Pluto (2005); The Good Thief (2002); The End of the Affair (1999); The Butcher Boy (1997); Michael Collins (1996); Interview With the Vampire (1994); The Crying Game (1992); Company of Wolves (1984); Angel (1982)
Language: English
Format: DCP
US Distributor: IFC Films
International Sales: West End Films
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