Byzantium (film)

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Byzantium
Poster for the film "Byzantium".jpg
Promotional poster
Directed byNeil Jordan
Produced bySam Englebardt
William D. Johnson
Elizabeth Karlsen
Alan Moloney
Stephen Woolley
Written byMoira Buffini
Starring
Music byJavier Navarrete
CinematographySean Bobbitt
Editing byTony Lawson
Distributed byStudioCanal
Release date(s)
  • 9 September 2012 (2012-09-09) (Toronto Film Festival)
  • 31 May 2013 (2013-05-31) (United Kingdom)[1]
  • 28 June 2013 (2013-06-28) (United States)[2]
Running time118 minutes
CountryIreland
United Kingdom
United States
LanguageEnglish
Budget£8 million[3]
Box office$85,252 (US only)[4][5]
 
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Byzantium
Poster for the film "Byzantium".jpg
Promotional poster
Directed byNeil Jordan
Produced bySam Englebardt
William D. Johnson
Elizabeth Karlsen
Alan Moloney
Stephen Woolley
Written byMoira Buffini
Starring
Music byJavier Navarrete
CinematographySean Bobbitt
Editing byTony Lawson
Distributed byStudioCanal
Release date(s)
  • 9 September 2012 (2012-09-09) (Toronto Film Festival)
  • 31 May 2013 (2013-05-31) (United Kingdom)[1]
  • 28 June 2013 (2013-06-28) (United States)[2]
Running time118 minutes
CountryIreland
United Kingdom
United States
LanguageEnglish
Budget£8 million[3]
Box office$85,252 (US only)[4][5]

Byzantium is a 2013 British-Irish fantasy thriller film directed by Neil Jordan and starring Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, and Jonny Lee Miller. The story concerns a mother and daughter vampire duo. This is the third foray by Jordan into the world of the undead, following the poorly received High Spirits in 1988 and his Oscar-nominated Interview with the Vampire, in 1994.

Plot[edit]

A vampire mother and daughter's dark two-hundred-year history threatens to catch up with them in a run-down hotel on the English coast. Their story begins during the Napoleonic Wars, when young Eleanor (Ronan) was abandoned as Clara was forced into prostitution. Two centuries later, contemplative Eleanor and extroverted Clara are on the run when they seek sanctuary in a dilapidated coastal resort. There, Clara sets her sights on a lonely soul named Noel (Daniel Mays) who has just inherited the Byzantium Hotel, a once-thriving business that has fallen into disrepair. Before long, the elder vampire has transformed the Byzantium into a makeshift brothel. Meanwhile, Eleanor falls for Frank (Caleb Landry Jones), a waiter who unwittingly draws out the natural storyteller in her. Amidst a string of mysterious disappearances in the sleepy coastal town, Frank realizes that Eleanor's extraordinary tales are much more than dark fantasy.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

The film premiered at the Irish Film Institute on 28 April 2013 with director Neil Jordan in attendance.[6] It also received a red carpet screening in Hastings on 5 June 2013.[7]

The film was released in the United Kingdom on 31 May 2013, and received a limited release in North America on 28 June 2013.[4]

Reception[edit]

Byzantium received mostly positive reviews from film critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives a score of 61% based on reviews from 100 critics with an average rating of 6.4.[8] Metacritic gives the film a "generally favorable" score of 66% based on reviews from 22 critics.[9]

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