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Jim Jarmusch’s „Only Lovers Left Alive“ in Competition at Cannes

  • Production of Cologne’s Pandora Film in competition for the Golden Palm
  • Shot in NRW, funded by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
  • Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska and John Hurt
  • 66th Festival de Cannes: 15 – 26 May, 2013

The NRW-funded international co-production „Only Lovers Left Alive“ by Jim Jarmusch will also be presented in the Competition of the 66th Festival de Cannes. The film, which was a late addition to competition lineup at the end of last week, was produced by Cologne-based Pandora Film and was made in large part in North Rhine-Westphalia.

„We are pleased that the Cannes Festival has invited the cult director Jarmusch into the Competition with his new film! That is a brilliant success for the director and the Cologne production company Pandora who brought Jarmusch to shoot in NRW last year,“ says Petra Müller, CEO of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW. „So, Pandora will be bringing three films to Cannes, the internationally most important festival, this year. Félicitations!“

„Only Lovers Left Alive“ tells the centuries-old love story of the deeply depressed and recluse underground musician Adam and his muse. Jim Jarmusch’s variation of the vampire myth has a top-notch cast with  Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska and John Hurt. Half of the film was produced in NRW, with the apartment of the vampire Adam being lavishly recreated in the MMC studios. „Only Lovers Left Alive“ is a production of Cologne’s Pandora Film and Recorded Pictures (GB) in co-production with Le Pacte (F), Sanderfin (CY) and Degeto Film. The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW funded with € 1.2 m, and further backing came from the FFA, DFFF, and the Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein.

It was already announced a few days ago that another Pandora co-production, Ari Folman's „The Congress“,  which was also funded and shot in NRW, will open the „Quinzaine des réalisateurs“ sidebar. The festival’s Competition will also feature the NRW-backed co-production „Heli“ from the Mexican director Amat Escalante. Cologne’s unafilm is the producer on the German side here.