A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Ana Lily Amirpour, USA 2014, 101’
The Florida Project

Drugs, prostitution and violence dominate the industrial Bad City, much like a Los Angeles stylized a ’la Frank Miller comics. The locals speak Farsi, the women are veiled and 1950s cars prowl the streets. This is the black-and-white world of the protagonist neurotic vampire, who is a mix of Louise Brooks and Thana from Abel Ferrara’s  Ms. 45. This mute fury hunts and metes out justice, all in the interest of local women. One night, after committing another crime, she runs into Arash, the Iranian James Dean, who becomes a drug dealer overnight. Ana Lily Amirpour’s film is certainly more than another cliché variation on the vampire theme. The director mixes genres, juggles movie references and conventions. No rules apply in the world she creates and the main character is like the heroines of Ulrike Ottinger’s Madame X – An Absolute Rules.

Joanna Ostrowska


Deauville American Film Festival 2014 - The Most Promising Newcomer Prize

Ana Lily Amirpour

Graduated in 2009 from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. She made her first film, a slumber party horror, at age 20. She also sang and played bass in a rock band. Amirpour’s feature debut  A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night premiered in the NEXT section at Sundance Film Festival 2014 and screened at MoMA’s New Directors/New Films Festival. She is the author of a comics series about a forlorn she-vampire.

Selected filmography

2009  Six and a Half (short)

2010  Ana Lily Amirpour Likes This (doc., short)

2011  A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (short)

2011  A Little Suicide (short)

2014  O dziewczynie, która wraca nocą sama do domu / A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

2016 Outsiderka / The Bad Batch 

Cast & Crew

director Ana Lily Amirpour
screenplay Ana Lily Amirpour
cinematography Lyle Vincent
editing Alex O’Flinn
music Jay Nierenberg
cast Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnò, Dominic Rains
producer Ana Lily Amirpour, Justin Begnaud, Sina Sayyah
production Say Ahh Productions, SpectreVision, Logan Pictures, Black Light District
Polish distributor M2 Films
language Farsi
coloration b&w
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