A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour Run Time: 99 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2014
Starring: Arash Marandi, Sheila Vand
A lonely vampire (Vand) stalks the streets of a fictional Iranian ghost town preying on only the most unsavory inhabitants. Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut feature basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, vampire films, and the Iranian New Wave.
“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