A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
USA, 2014 / 99 min / Persian with English subt. / Horror
The first Iranian Vampire Western
Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps and other sordid souls, is a bastion of depravity and hopelessness where a lonely vampire stalks its most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom ... blood red.
The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp.
A Girl is to be judged on a higher plane […], one that includes the visions of Jean Vigo, Jean Cocteau, and Luis Buñuel. This is a dream on your screen, absurd, languid (if not slow), and possessed by the calm of an inevitable beauty. This is what cinema was invented for, a rapture in the school of the surreal, indifferent to the time-wasting fallacy that movies have, or should have, anything to do with realism. (David Thompson, New Republic, November 19, 2014)
Shot in gorgeously expressionistic black-and-white and fusing multiple genres into a thoroughly original whole, Amirpour has crafted a beguiling, cryptic and often surprisingly funny look at personal desire that creeps up on you with the nimble powers of its supernatural focus. The director combines elements of film noir and the restraint of Iranian New Wave cinema with the subdued depictions of a bored youth culture found in early Jim Jarmusch…the comparisons go on and on, but the result is wholly original.(Eric Kohn, Indiewire, January 21, 2014)
The girl isn't the victim, she's the vampire—and she's not apologizing for it, either. […] Watching "A Girl Walks Home At Night," you get the impression that you're witnessing something iconic and important unfold before you. […] for adventurous genre enthusiasts, it'll be hard not to fall in love with this strikingly surreal 'Girl.' It's a new vampire classic, one to treasure endlessly. (Drew Taylor, The Playlist, March 20, 2014)
- Revelations Prize – Deauville American Film Festival, 2014 (France)
- Special Mention – Gotham Independent Film Awards, 2014 (USA)
- Citizen Kane Award for Best new Director & Fantastic Jury Award for Best Film – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, 2014 (Spain)
Ana Lily Amirpour made her first film at age 12. She has a varied background in the arts including painting, sculpting, and touring the nation as frontwoman of an indie rock band, before she eventually moved to Los Angeles to study filmmaking. Her short films have played at festivals around the world and she has participated in various filmmaker programs. “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night” is Amirpour’s debut feature film, making its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
- A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, 2014
- A Little Suicide (short), 2012
- Pashmaloo (Hairy) (short), 2011
- Ana Lily Amirpour Likes This (short), 2010
- True Love (short), 2010
- Six and a Half (short), 2009