A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night


Farsi with English subtitles, 2014, 107 minutes, b/w, U.S.A.

Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps and other sordid souls, is a bastion of depravity and hopelessness where a lonely vampire stalks its most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom... blood red.

Cinema's first Iranian vampire western, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut feature basks in the shear 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 weird surrealism of David Lynch.

Above all, Amirpour’s tale of love and squalor is fun. Why else would a vampire ride a skateboard?

Director: Ana Lily Amirpour

Screenwriter: Ana Lily Amirpour

Producers: Sina Sayyah, Justin Begnaud, Ana Lily Amirpour

Editor: Alex O'Flinn

Cinematographer: Lyle Vincent

Executive Producers: Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, Nick Moceri, Ben Conrad, Alexei Tylevich, Reza Sixo Safai, Daniel Grove, Patrick Grove

Co-producer: Sheri Davani

Production Designer: Sergio De La Vega

Principal Cast: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Dominic Rains, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnó, Milad Eghbali

About the Director

At age 12, Ana Lily Amirpour made her first film, a horror movie starring guests at a slumber party. She has a varied background in the arts, including painting and sculpting. She was also the front woman of an art-rock band before she eventually moved to Los Angeles to make films. Amirpour earned her master's degree at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television in 2009.


1/19/2014 8:30 pm
Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
1/21/2014 3:00 pm
Egyptian Theatre, Park City
1/22/2014 9:00 pm
Sundance Resort Screening Room, Sundance Resort
1/24/2014 4:30 pm
Redstone Cinema 7, Park City
1/25/2014 12:00 pm
Broadway Centre Cinema 6, SLC