Indie film director Jim Jarmusch spent seven years trying to get his vampire drama "Only Lovers Left Alive" made, but the struggle paid off with a nomination for Cannes' highest award, the Palm d'Or. Finally released in the U.S., the film begins showing at Sun-Ray in Riverside on Friday.
Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki in the "Thor" and "Avengers" movies, stars as age-old vampire Adam, a popular rock musician whose reclusive lifestyle baffles fans who endeavor to locate him. Winner of an Oscar for "Michael Clayton" and several critic awards for her astonishing performance in "We Need to Talk About Kevin," Tilda Swinton plays Eve. She returns to her lover Adam in Detroit from an extended stay in Tangier when she feels he's become a danger to himself.
Adam and Eve reconnect, but the arrival of Eve's turbulent younger sister Ava throws their world into disarray. Mia Wasikowska, best known as Alice in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" and absolutely brilliant in "Stoker," plays Ava. Supreme actor John Hurt, his innumerable credits including "The Elephant Man" and "Nineteen Eighty-Four," rounds out the cast. He plays a vampire version of the real playwright Christopher Marlowe, a contemporary of Shakespeare's.
Recognized for minimalism, lack of traditional narrative and lingering pace, the one and only Jarmusch ("Stranger than Paradise," "Coffee and Cigarettes") won the Grand Prix at Cannes for his 2005 "Broken Flowers." See his latest offering "Only Lovers Left Alive" this week at Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park Street, Jacksonville.
Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17, at 4:45 p.m. and 9:05 p.m.
Sunday, May 18, at 4:45 p.m.
Monday through Thursday, May 19-22, at 4:35 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.