A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Vampire Lovers, and Warpaint Close Out NEXT FEST
Actress Sheila Vand, Executive Producer Elijah Wood, Actor Dominic Rains, and director Ana Lily Amirpour. Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez / WireImage
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Vampire Lovers, and Warpaint Close Out NEXT FEST
Warpaint performs at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez / WireImage

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Warpaint Close Out NEXT FEST

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If Day 3 at Sundance NEXT FEST heralded the vigor of independent film, Sunday’s closing events celebrated the arrival of an assured new female filmmaking voice. Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night played like the satiating denouement to the four-day festival, transporting audiences to the film’s fictitious Bad City, a home to debauched drug users and other degenerates where a subdued vampire stalks the denizens. However improbable, our vampire “Girl,” stunningly portrayed by Sheila Vand, only changes her ways upon being seduced by a debonair romantic named Arash.

Amirpour, a wonderful presence in her own right, has talked about her decision to make the film anamorphic and black-and-white, explaining that it provokes a “separation from reality.” Indeed, the spacious, shadowy confines of A Girl is among the film’s greatest offerings.

Following the screening, Los Angeles-based indie rock band Warpaint performed for a standing room of moviegoers. The all-female band led a sonically charged set of their unique brand of rock that vacillates between brooding rhythm guitars, meditative synchronized vocals, and upbeat psych rock. Not unlike the previous night’s west coast hip-hop homecoming, Warpaint’s rapport with the local crowd was palpable, as they managed to transform the grand screening room into a communal jam session.

Check out some highlights from yesterday’s happenings, including a screening of The Guest and a conversation with director Nicolas Winding Refn earlier in the day.