Programme

Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon

Ana Lily Amirpour

United States, 2021 / 106 min / English OV with French subtitles / Fantasy

En présence de la réalisatrice

A supernatural teen (Jeon Jong-seo, Burning)  with dangerous powers escapes from her mental asylum and tries to make it on her own in the neon-lit streets of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Along the way, she befriends a pole-dancer (Kate Hudson), whom she helps to protect from the city’s dangers.

This nocturnal film by the director of A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT is a beautiful tribute to the fantasy and adventure cinema of the 1980’s.

“With Mona Lisa, I wanted to create a new type of hero who faces the problems of a modern and twisted reality. An adventure-fairytale to explore what personal freedom is in a chaotic society that makes it hard to feel free.”

Director’s statement, Ana Lily Amirpour

Screenings
Thu 10/03 20:45 Cinémathèque ENG OV with FR.subt Public https://luxfilmfestfilms.megatix.be/en/HO00004312?locationFilters=LFFCI&dateTime...

“This filmmaker has it. She’s got it. The quality that makes you major. The ability not to just to tell a story but to hold an audience in the palm of your hand.” Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 05/09/2021

“Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon solidifies Amirpour’s reputation as a master of subversion” Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 05/09/2021

"The new film from Ana Lily Amirpour will keep the fans happy" Xan Brooks, The Guardian, 05/09/2021

"Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon puts a new spin on the terrifying girl-with-the-long-black-hair type" Alexandria Slater, BFI reviews, 21/10/2021

Sélections
  • Official selection, Venice Film Festival Competition, 2021 (Italy)
  • Official selection, BFI London Film Festival, 2021 (UK)
  • Official selection, Sitges Film Festival, 2021 (Spain)
Cast & Credits
Cast 
Jeon Jong-seo, Kate Hudson, Craig Robinson, Evan Whitten, Ed Skrein
Screenplay 
Ana Lily Amirpour
Cinematographer 
Pawel Pogorzelski
Montage 
Taylor Levy
Sound 
Jacob Ribicoff, Frenchie Gaya, Chris Terhune
Set 
Brandon Tonner-Connolly
Music 
Daniel Luppi
Production 
Le Grisbi Productions (John Lesher, Dylan Weathered), 141 Entertainment, wiip studios, Rocket Science, Black Bicycle
Distribution 
Rocket Science
Biography

Ana Lily Amirpour was born in 1980 in the UK. She is a director, screenwriter, producer and actress. Before moving to Los Angeles to become a filmmaker, she lived in California as an artist, bass guitarist and singer. She attended San Francisco State University as an art major for her undergraduate degree, and then graduated from the University of California of Los Angeles’ School of Theater, Film and Television. Amirpour has made short films since she was twelve. Her fiction feature debut, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (presented at the Luxembourg City Film Festival in 2015), self-described as "the first Iranian vampire spaghetti western", premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won her many awards. Amirpour is a lifelong skater, and was a stand-in for the skateboarding sequences in the film. Her second film, The Bad Batch (2016), premiered at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury prize. Her film Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon (2021) also premiered in Venice.

Filmography
  • 2021 - Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon
  • 2018 - Yo! My Saint (court-métrage)
  • 2016 - The Bad Batch
  • 2014 - A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  • 2012 - A Little Suicide (court-métrage)
  • 2011 - A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (court-métrage)
  • 2011 - Pashmaloo/Hairy (court-métrage)
  • 2010 - Ana Lily Amirpour Likes This (court-métrage)
  • 2010 - True Love (court-métrage)
  • 2009 - Six and a Half (court-métrage)