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Neil Jordan
Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Sam Riley, Jonny Lee Miller, Caleb Landry Jones, Tom Hollander, Danny Mays
Stephen Woolley, Elizabeth Karlsen, Alan Moloney

Writer: Moira Buffini

DoP: Sean Bobbitt

Editor: Tony Lawson

Costume Designer: Consolata Boyle

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 meets 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 sixteen. 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.

'Jordan’s direction is stylish and smart' - THE FILM STAGE

'See Byzantium. Don't see Twilight' - ESQUIRE

by Eric Kohn

Contemporary cinema has featured a fair share of young, attractive vampires in recent years, but Neil Jordan's "Byzantium" stands out for exploring that subject with a mixture of intelligence and gravitas. Based on Moira...

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Actresses Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan and director Neil Jordan introduce us to their vampire tale Byzantium. Talking about the Oscar winning director Saoirse said, "He's very practical and it's not that he is sentimental or anything either but...

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By Christopher Schobert

There’s a moment in Neil Jordan’s Byzantium when the strange family unit — mother Clara, daughter Eleanor, and new “boyfriend” Noel — watch what seems to be an old Hammer horror film on TV. In it, we see a stake...

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Ronan, Arterton star as vampires


IFC has acquired U.S. rights Neil Jordan to Neil Jordan's vampire thriller "Byzantium," starring Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton as immortals.
Deal was closed...

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by Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: In the second seven-figure deal so far today at the Toronto Film Festival, IFC is acquiring U.S. rights to Byzantium, the vampire film by Neil Jordan that has festgoers feeling the filmmaker has...

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Stephen Woolley discusses the inspirations and challenges behind new vampire thriller Byzantium, which screens tomorrow [Sunday 9] at Toronto.

Veteran UK producer Stephen Woolley reteams with Neil Jordan for vampire thriller Byzantium,...

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'Pines' deal likely to trigger more

With Focus Features closing a deal for U.S. distribution rights to "The Place Beyond the Pines," the acquisition dam at Toronto is poised to break, as hungry buyers who missed out on the...

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Screen takes a look at exclusive footage of Neil Jordan’s Byzantium, showcased during day two of FrightFest.

Not content with showing one piece of exclusive footage - the full-length SXSW trailer for horror anthology The...

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Rian Johnson’s time-travel thriller will kick off a mouthwateringly strong line-up that includes world premieres for Cloud Atlas, Hyde Park On Hudson (pictured) and Anna Karenina plus latest work from Terrence Malick, Ben Affleck, Chuan Lu,...

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The Toronto International Film Festival has begun revealing its lineup, and while Midnight Madness is yet to be announced, the latest from Neil Jordan is world premiering. Thus, new images from BYZANTIUM below!


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WestEnd Films has taken international rights to Neil Jordan’s Byzantium and Gabriele Salvatores’ first English-language effort Siberian Education starring John Malkovich.

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