Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American rights to Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive, which will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival tomorrow in the In Competition section. The film was produced by Jeremy Thomas of Recorded Picture Company and Reinhard Brundig of Pandora Film. Christos Konstantakopoulos of Fairilo House served as executive producer.
Starring Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin and Jeffrey Wright, Only Lovers Left Alive takes place against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier and follows an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, who reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister.
Here's what producer Jeremy Thomas had to say about Sony Pictures Classics acquiring the project.
"It would take a stake through the heart to keep Barker, Bernard and Leiner away from a good movie."
Thorsten Schumacher, Managing Director of Hanway Films, had this to say in a statement.
"Tangier, Detroit, vampires, guitars - and now Sony Classics - what else is there to say!"
Sony Pictures Classics has this to say about the project in a statement.
"Only Lovers Left Alive is one of the great Jarmusch pictures and American audiences will love it. We are excited to be back with Jim and our great friends Jeremy Thomas and Tilda Swinton, whose performance along with the rest of the cast is fantastic."
Thorsten Schumacher and Jan Spielhoff for HanWay Films and ICM negotiated the deal.