Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan look ready for blood sucking duties in the new poster for Neil Jordan’s Byzantium. Staring coldly out from the poster, Arterton’s protective arm around Ronan, the two women look every bit as beautiful, seductive and deadly as the tagline suggests.
Quotes from the critics dominate the rest of the poster with acclaimed vampire hit LET THE RIGHT ONE IN being name checked alongside the dreaded TWILIGHT. We can assure you however, that the "TWILIGHT for Grown-Ups" line is accurate only in that the film deals with the vampire mythos without the use of pale topless boys and mopey love triangles. But to find out what we thought of the film in full, you can read our review here.
In the meantime, take a look at the poster and trailer below...
In BYZANTIUM, Eleanor (Ronan) is a precocious girl with a bent for storytelling. A natural introvert, her idea of a good time is to put pen to paper and reflect on her inner life. Her “sister” Clara (Arterton) is the complete opposite: extroverted and sexual, she struts around in stilettos and skin-tight garb, attracting hungry male gazes wherever she goes. Both carry secrets from deep in their shared past — all 200 years of it — which bubbles to the surface as Jordan wends his way through the twists and turns of the plot. It turns out that Clara was involved in a passionate love affair during the 1799-1815 Napoleonic Wars, while at the same time Eleanor was abandoned as a child. In the present, both seek to preserve their secret from their unsuspecting new companions. Eleanor falls for a sweet young waiter (Jones), while Clara settles on a homey, unsuspecting man (Mays) who has just come into an inheritance: the Byzantium Hotel, which has seen better days. The fun begins as Eleanor and Clara shack up in the hotel, feeding off their victims while attempting to stay one step ahead of their pursuers, who are hot on the duo’s trail after Clara rather violently disposes of a particularly seedy pickup.
Neil Jordan's BYZANTIUM hits UK cinemas May 31st.
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