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2013 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive

#8. Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive

Gist: A story centered on two vampires who have been in love for centuries, the story follows Adam (Tom Hiddleston), an underground musician who reunites with his centuries-old lover (Tilda Swinton) after he becomes depressed and tired with the direction human society has taken. Their love is interrupted and tested by her wild and uncontrollable little sister (Mia Wasikowska).

Prediction: After a successful string of unveilings in Cannes culminated in a Grand Prix award for Broken Flowers in 2005, Jarmusch opted to bypass the festival circuit with his last feature, the perhaps auto-critically titled The Limits of Control, which oddly opened in US theatres just days before Cannes’ opening night. Was it a lack of confidence in the project, or a break from the rigor of festival BS? Will he continue to skip Cannes for regular theatrical premieres? Considering the star-power, Only Lovers Left Alive will be in the Main Competition should Jim decide he wants to give the Palme another shot.

Blake Williams is an avant-garde filmmaker born in Houston, currently living and working in Toronto. He recently entered the PhD program at University of Toronto's Cinema Studies Institute, and has screened his video work at TIFF (2011 & '12), Tribeca (2013), Images Festival (2012), Jihlava (2012), and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. Blake has contributed to's coverage for film festivals such as Cannes, TIFF, and Hot Docs. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Talk to Her), Coen Bros. (Fargo), Dardennes (Rosetta), Haneke (Code Unknown), Hsiao-Hsien (Flight of the Red Balloon), Kar-wai (Happy Together), Kiarostami (Where is the Friend's Home?), Lynch (INLAND EMPIRE), Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs), Van Sant (Last Days), Von Trier (The Idiots)


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