Winter Sucks 2024: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) with short film
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Director: Ana Lily Amirpour Run Time: 101 min. Release Year: 2014
Starring: Arash Marandi, Dominic Rains, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnò, Sheila Vand
Country: United States
Language: Persian with English subtitles
Winter Sucks 2024 at Gateway Film Center
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About the film:
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.
The feature film is presented with Amirpour’s earlier short film of the same name, which won Best Short Film at the Noor Iranian Film Festival.
About the filmmaker:
Ana Lily Amirpour is an Iranian-American filmmaker, screenwriter, and actress. Her most notable work A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014), is known as the “first Iranian vampire western” that made its debut at Sundance Film Festival in 2014. A lifelong skater, Amirpour was a stand-in for the skateboarding sequences in the film. She followed up her debut with The Bad Batch (2016) and Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon (2021) which both premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Before moving to Los Angeles to become a filmmaker, Amirpour 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 UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.See our upcoming films