A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

99 mins.
Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour
NR
Farsi with subtitles
2014
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Fri, 2/22

Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls, is a place that reeks of death and hopelessness, where a lonely vampire is stalking the towns' most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom... blood red.

The first Iranian Vampire Western, 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, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave.

Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno and Morricone-inspired riffs, its airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawnout scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the weird surrealism of David Lynch.

Since bursting onto the scene with this new cult classic, Amirpour has since release her second feature, THE BAD BATCH, and directed episodes of LEGION and CASTLE ROCK.