Cannes: Sony Pictures Classic Acquires Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’

Tom Hiddleston ("The Avengers") stars opposite Tilda Swinton ("Michael Clayton") as vampires whose love story spans centuries

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American rights to Jim Jarmusch‘s "Only Lovers Left Alive," the company announced on Friday.

The vampire romance, which stars Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin and Jeffrey Wright, will world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday.

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Set against the backdrop of the desolation of Detroit and Tangier, follows deeply depressed, underground musician Adam (Hiddleston), who reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover, Eve (Swinton). Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister, Ava (Wasikowska).

"'Only Lovers Left Alive' is one of the great Jarmusch pictures and American audiences will love it," Sony Pictures Classics said in a statement. "We are excited to be back with Jim and our great friends Jeremy Thomas and Tilda Swinton, whose performance along with the rest of the cast is fantastic."

Thorsten Schumacher and Jan Spielhoff for HanWay Films and ICM negotiated the deal.