Neil Jordan’s first exploration into the realm of vampirism began in 1996 with Interview with the Vampire. Now he immerses us in this lurid world via the plight of two willful women, perfectly played by Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton. For the past two hundred years, Eleanor’s story has been held captive, silenced by her protective “sister” Clara. Demure Eleanor longs to purge the history that made them into nomadic sanguivores. When the gruesome past comes haunting, they are forced to move to a small seaside town. Clara quickly secures a haven for them in the dilapidated Byzantium Hotel, while Eleanor finds solace in the companionship of a local boy. The bond proves dangerous when Eleanor deems him trustworthy, revealing the truth of who she is and how she survives. As Clara and Eleanor become more exposed, the body count begins to rise, resulting in a wild hunt for blood.
Byzantium fuses the polished and alluring with the vicious brutality that accompanies all great vampire films. Jordan skillfully weaves romance with the gothic and gory, producing a seductive story with stunning spectral scenes.
Length: 118 minutes
Director: Neil Jordan
Screenwriter: Moira Buffini
Producer: Stephen Woolley, Alan Moloney, Elizabeth Karlsen, William D. Johnson, Samuel Englebardt,
Editor: Tony Lawson
Cinematographer: Sean Bobbitt
Production Designer: Simon Elliott
Composer: Javier Navarrete
Co-Producer: Redmond Morris
Cast: Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Sam Riley, Jonny Lee Miller, Daniel Mays, Caleb Landry Jones
NEIL JORDAN is an Academy Award®-winning writer and director who has worked with iconic stars including Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Michael Caine, Robert De Niro, Jodi Foster and Julia Roberts. His films include Mona Lisa, The Crying Game, The End of the Affair and Michael Collins. Most recently, he created the acclaimed Showtime miniseries The Borgias.