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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Film

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

MA 15+
Strong horror violence and themes

Seasons & Screenings

27 Dec - 10 Feb

Just when you thought 2014’s cinematic vampires couldn’t get any more playful (What We Do in the Shadows) or sexy (The Only Lovers Left Alive), along comes Ana Lily Amirpour’s startling debut that has been wowing audiences since its Sundance Film Festival premiere. 

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  • A tale of love, loneliness and family ties, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is set in the fictitious locale of Bad City, a stunningly crafted black-and-white world riddled with random events and flawed people that takes its visual cues from Sin City (2005) and the early films of Jim Jarmusch. 

    Dubbed the first Iranian Vampire Western, Amirpour’s take of the blood-sucking archetype is anything but prescriptive. For one thing, her vamp (Sheila Vand) is a sassy loner who roams the streets on a skateboard she stole from a kid. In her stripy shirt and ‘60s eyeliner she could be straight out of the Velvet Underground, the only difference being her bat-like chador flowing in the nocturnal breeze. The unsuspecting object of her affections is Arash (Arash Marandi), a handsome James Dean type. He is dealing with his own family issues and in the off-kilter world they inhabit, a touching and unconventional relationship develops.

    From the opening moments of Amirpour’s debut feature the audience is propelled into a filmic universe so fully formed and atmospheric that you would be forgiven for suspecting this was the work of a mid-career director. Inventive, assured and utterly unique, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night proves that there is always room on any cinephile’s slate for a new favourite filmmaker!

    "A sly, slinky vampire romance." - Variety