[TIFF '12] IFC Bites Into ‘Byzantium’

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Neil Jordan’s Byzantium, a vampire film starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Riley and Saoirse Ronan premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this week and IFC has made it their first official pick-up fo the fest, paying something close to $2M for the rights.

Per THR, “Sources say it was IFC’s $2 million offer that drew blood.Heading into Toronto, ‘Byzantium’ was on every buyer’s list, both small and large. However, bigger distributors passed on the film, which is receiving mixed reviews. Also, no one was sure how commerical Byzantium would be, considering Jordan’s arthouse pedigree.

In the film, “Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor befriends Frank and tells him their lethal secret. They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up on them with deathly consequence.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 to 16, 2012.