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BYZANTIUM IN UK CINEMAS FROM MAY 31st
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 encounters 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 16. 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.
Written by Moira Buffini and directed by Neil Jordan, Byzantium travels back and forth across the centuries as the filmmakers bring the vampire genre into the 21st century.
The Film stars Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace, Prince of Persia, Tamara Drewe) and Saoirse Ronan (The Host, Hanna, Academy Award® nominated for Atonement), as well as Sam Riley (Control, On The Road), Jonny Lee Miller (Dark Shadows, Trainspotting), Daniel Mays (Made In Dagenham, Vera Drake) and Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class, The Last Exorcism).
Byzantium is produced by Stephen Woolley and continues his long-term partnership with Neil Jordan which has included BAFTA-nominated The Company of Wolves, the Oscar® winning The Crying Game and Interview with the Vampire, Elizabeth Karlsen (Great Expectations, Ladies in Lavender) and Alan Moloney (Albert Nobbs, Breakfast on Pluto) also produce.
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