Films

Byzantium

June 28th 2013
  • Fantasy/Horror,
  • R,
  • 118 min,
  • IFC Releasing
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  • Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Barry Cassin, David Heap, Warren Brown, Ruby Snape, Thure Lindhardt, Jenny Kavanagh, Glenn Doherty, Edyta Budnik, Gabriela Marcinkova, Caleb Landry Jones, Daniel Mays, Uri Gavriel, Sam Riley, Jonny Lee Miller, Caroline Johns, Christine Marzano, Kate Ashfield, Jeff Mash, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Sean Folan, Tom Hollander, Ronnie Masterson, Patricia Loveland
  • Director: Neil Jordan
  • Writer: Moira Buffini
  • Producers: Sam Englebardt, William D. Johnson, Elizabeth Karlsen, Alan Moloney, Stephen Woolley
  • Co Producer: Redmond Morris
  • Associate Producers: Joanna Laurie, Susan Mullen
  • Executive Producers: Mark C. Manuel, Ted O'Neal, Danny Perkins
  • Art Direction: Bill Crutcher
  • Casting: Susie Figgis
  • Costume Design: Consolata Boyle
  • D.O.P.: Sean Bobbitt
  • Editor: Tony Lawson
  • Makeup: Waldo Mason
  • Music: Javier Navarrete
  • Production Design: Simon Elliott

Storyline

Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor befriends Frank and tells him their lethal secret. They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up on them with deathly consequence.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Bray, Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; East Sussex, UK
  • MPAA Warning: Bloody violence, sexual content and language
  • Production Budget: $12.5 million
  • Production Companies: Demarest Films, Lipsync Productions, Number 9 Films, Parallel Film Productions, WestEnd Films
  • Production Schedule: 1 December 2011 - February 2012

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2013 Guide Analysis: "This Irish-British fantasy thriller, starring Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan as a mother and daughter vampire duo, should have been a home run. There's "Interview with a Vampire" director Neil Jordan returning to the world of the undead with his trademark striking compositions. Added to that are Jonny Lee Miller and Sam Riley in supporting roles, and a shake-up of vampire mythology such as the women having no fangs and no problems with sunlight.

Screening at the Toronto Film Festival a few months ago, early reviews proved a bit disheartening. Horror critics weren't gushing, but they generally quite liked the film and praised both the visuals and the way it reinvents vampire lore. Most had some caveats, especially regarding some of the repetitive and needlessly clumsy character moments.

Regular critics weren't as generous, a few leaning towards calling it an occasionally interesting mess. IFC had no problem with it though, acquiring the film with word that they plan to release it sometime in the second-quarter of the year. How big they intend to go theatrically, and whether a simultaneous video on-demand release of the film will take place, is uncertain at this point."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 31 May 2013: Ireland, Romania, UK
  • 14 June 2013: Brazil
  • 26 June 2013: Belgium
  • 4 July 2013: Czech Republic
  • 11 July 2013: Netherlands
  • 18 July 2013: Russia
  • 25 July 2013: Slovenia
  • 13 September 2013: Taiwan