Swinton brings erudite vampires to Cannes

CANNES, France – Tilda Swinton injects her own brand of otherworldly-cool into Jim Jarmusch’s latest movie “Only Lovers Left Alive,” an unusual comedy that puts a spin on the age-old vampire genre.

The film, the last English-language entry competing for the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or, sees Swinton play Eve, a grungy but erudite vampire – who’s married to a forlorn vampire musician, Adam, played by Tom Hiddlestone. Several-hundred-year-old Adam – of Biblical fame – has been living quite happily ever since being expelled from the Garden of Eden.

That is, until the 21st century came along with its excesses and greed and pushed him into a full-flung existential crisis. He cracks, and orders a wooden bullet to kill himself.

With such a wacky plot, it’s no surprise the film nearly didn’t get made. It took seven years to find a backer – which Jarmusch says is because producers won’t take creative risks anymore.