Only Lovers Left Alive


2013, 123 minutes, color, U.S.A.

Jim Jarmusch first attended the Sundance Film Festival in 1985 and won a Special Jury Prize for Stranger Than Paradise. His newest feature, Only Lovers Left Alive, premiered in competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Set against the desolation of the once-vibrant cities of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction the world is going, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured at least several centuries, but their debauched, romantic idyll is soon disrupted by the woman’s wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can these wise, but fragile, outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them?

Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch approaches this vampire romance with an ease that beautifully tracks these contemporary creatures, who are lost in their indifference toward humanity except for the intoxication of enjoying arts like literature and music. Jarmusch fills the screen with gorgeous, gothic imagery as his characters—who wholly embrace their unique environment—share their burnt-out observations on the state of society. Only Lovers Left Alive is a sublime, cinematic poem of passion and despair seen through the cool shades of a sly, postmodern master director.

Director: Jim Jarmusch

Screenwriter: Jim Jarmusch

Producers: Jeremy Thomas, Reinhard Brundig

Cinematographer: Yorick Le Saux

Production Designer: Marco Bittner Rosser

Costume Designer: Bina Daigeler

Composer: Jozef Van Wissem

Editor: Editor Alfonso Gonçalves

Principal Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin, Jeffrey Wright

About the Director

Jim Jarmusch has long been considered a seminal figure in American independent cinema. His films are often noted for their transcendent minimalism and overturning of traditional genres, such as the road movie, western, crime film, and detective story. Born in Akron, Ohio, Jarmusch lives and works in New York. He made his debut at the 1985 Sundance Film Festival with Stranger Than Paradise, which earned him a Special Jury Prize.


1/20/2014 11:30 am
Library Center Theatre, Park City
1/21/2014 11:59 pm
Egyptian Theatre, Park City
1/24/2014 9:00 pm
Broadway Centre Cinema 6, SLC
1/25/2014 8:45 pm
Egyptian Theatre, Park City