Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan in a new image from Neil Jordan's Byzantium
A new image and the first official plot blurb for Neil Jordan’s BYZANTIUM have come out today and they’ve revealed a few things that I wasn’t aware of before. First, I wasn’t aware that the mother-daughter duo start a brothel in the small town they’ve escaped to. Second, I thought they’d embrace the vampire lore a little more passionately. Instead, it looks like they’re dodging the notion by avoiding saying the word “vampire” at all in the description. The official description:
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.
Really, if it weren’t for Neil Jordan (ONDINE) behind the lens and Saoirse Ronan in front, I would have no interest in this film. Along with Ronan, the film stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Riley, Caleb Landry Jones, Danny Mays and Jonny Lee Miller. The Neil Jordan directed film is set to hit theaters later this year.
Posted by: Brad Sturdivant