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IFC stakes claim on Neil Jordan's new vampire film Byzantium

09.11.2012by: Jake Dee

Fresh off a buzzed-about premiere at TIFF this week, IFC has wasted zero time in striking a 7-figure deal for Neil Jordan's new vampire tale BYZANTIUM. Usually a VOD champion through its Midnight banner, IFC is prioritizing a wider theatrical run for the film said to return Jordan to the halcyon genre days of INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE and THE COMPANY OF WOLVES. Sadly, no release dates have been decided upon.

BYZANTIUM follows:

Eleanor and Clara, two mysterious and penniless young women, flee the scene of a violent crime and arrive in a run-down coastal resort. They try to find money and refuge along the tawdry seafront and in the dilapidated hotels. Clara, ever-practical, sells her body. She soon meets shy and lonely Noel, who provides a roof over their heads in his seedy guesthouse, Byzantium. Clara, always looking towards the future, turns it into a ‘pop-up’ brothel.

Meanwhile Eleanor, the eternal schoolgirl, meets Frank, a kindred spirit who unwittingly prompts her to tell the truth about her life. She tells him that Clara is her mother; yet Clara is only a few years older. She says that she was born in 1804; yet she is just sixteen. She confesses that she must drink human blood to stay alive – and so must her mother.

In the small, quiet town, people start to die. And the past that the girls have been running from for so long, finally catches up with them – with astonishing consequences.

Gemma Arterton (below), Saoirse Ronan, Sam Riley, Jonny Lee Miller, Caleb Landry Jones and Tom Hollander all play a role in the flick.

Extra Tidbit: Worth scoping in theaters?
Source: Deadline

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