TIFF Day 4 – Byzantium

Read all our TIFF 2012 coverage here.

Time for new blood – ★★★

[TIFF listing]

Director: Neil Jordan  //  Countries: United Kingdom / Ireland  //  Year: 2012  //  Language: English  //  Runtime: 118 minutes  //  Principal Cast: Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Sam Riley, Jonny Lee Miller, Daniel Mays, Caleb Landry Jones, Kate Ashfield, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Uri Gavriel, Thure Lindhardt  //  Screenplay: Moira Buffini

A quick prediction. No review of Byzantium, the new Neil Jordan vampire film, will be filed without reference to Stephanie Myers’ Twilight series or Jordan’s 1994 Pitt/Cruise/Banderas film Interview with the Vampire. If a reviewer somehow fails to mention either of these film, then chances are an eager sub-editor will remedy the situation and stick in a reference somewhere.

With the enduring popularity of the Twilight films, there is still a lot of money to be in vampires. Byzantium sees director Neil Jordan returning to the vampire genre for the first time in 18 years since Interview with the Vampire.

Not as easy as it looks… Hmmm…

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