Only Lovers Left Alive

Jim Jarmusch, UK, Germany, France, Cyprus, USA  2013, 123’

Only those who can love will survive, declares Jarmusch. Even though his heroes are vampires, it is love, carefully nurtured for centuries, that keeps them alive. Adam is a successful musician in forsaken Detroit. When he falls into a depression, his beloved Eve visits from Tangier. The vampire couple, who abstain from chomping on mortal flesh for chow, have their romantic interlude interrupted by a visit from Eve’s nutty younger sister, Ava. Jarmusch’s film is a treasure trove for fetishists of innuendo and between-the-lines references. The director employs his exceptional melancholy and warmth to repair the image of vampires spoiled by the Twilight saga’s little fiends. He treats his characters with tenderness and gravitas while successfully employing them as universal metaphors. The film is the fruit of a labor of love filled with infectiously intelligent humor.

Jim Jarmusch

Jim Jarmusch (b. 1953) is an independent artist from New York. At age17, he left Akron, Ohio, and came to New York City. At first, he wanted to become a writer, so he studied Literature at ColumbiaUniversity (from 1971). At the end of his studies, he went to Paris, where he spent most of the year in CinémathèqueFrançaise. He studied at the Film and TV Institute of New York University. Then he became acquainted with the circle of New York avant-garde filmmakers and musicians. He was an assistant to Nicolas Ray and worked with WimWenders, thanks to whom he started to work with producer Otto Grokenberger and cameraman Robby Müller. Jarmusch’s film debut brought him international recognition and he is now one of the most highly awarded independent directors.

Selected filmography

1980 Nieustające wakacje / Permanent Vacation

1984 Inaczej niż w raju / Stranger than Paradise

1986 Poza prawem / Down by Law

1989 Mystery Train

1991 Noc na Ziemi / Night on Earth

1999 Ghost Dog: droga samuraja / Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

2003 Kawa i papierosy / Coffee and Cigarettes

2005 Broken Flowers

2009 The Limits of Control

2013 Tylko kochankowie przeżyją / Only Lovers Left Alive

Cast & Crew

director Jim Jarmusch
screenplay Jim Jarmusch
cinematography Yorick Le Saux
editing Affonso Gonçalves
music Jozef van Wissem
cast Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt
producer Reinhard Brundig, Jeremy Thomas
production Recorded Picture Company (RPC), Pandora Filmproduktion
Polish distributor Gutek Film
language English
colouration colour
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