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Spotlight on A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Ana Lily Amirpour / 2014, Sundance, Abu Dhabi, BFI London, Bucharest, BAFICI, Deauville, Dublin, FNC - Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Glasgow, Hawaii, !f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival, Jeonju, Jerusalem, Mumbai, New Directors/New Films, Rome Independent, Rotterdam, Sarajevo, Sitges, Stockholm, Vancouver, Vienna / 99'
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 A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night 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 drawn-out scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the surrealism of David Lynch.
Ana Lily Amirpour's debut feature premiered at Sundance, Rotterdam, Stockholm; Dublin, where it won Best Cinematography; Bucharest and Hawaii, where it won a Special Mention; and Sitges, where it won the Jury Award. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night was also nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards and won the Gotham Award for Breakthrough Director.
"Beguiling in its strangeness, yet also effortlessly evoking recognizable emotions such as loneliness and the feeling of being stuck in a dead-end town and life, this moody and gorgeous film is finally more about atmosphere and emotions than narrative—and none the worse for it"
- Boyd van Hoeij, Sundance Review, The Hollywood Reporter