A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Ana Lily Amirpour | USA | 2014
Rating: R16 violence, drug use & sexual material Runtime: 100 minutes
|Director: Ana Lily Amirpour|
Producers: Justin Begnaud, Sina Sayyah
Screenplay: Ana Lily Amirpour
Cinematography: Lyle Vincent
Editor: Alex O’Flinn
Music: Bei Ru
|Sheila Vand (The Girl)|
Arash Marandi (Arash)
Marshall Manesh (Hossein ‘The Junkie’)
Mozhan Marnò (Atti ‘The Prostitute’)
Dominic Rains (Saeed ‘The Pimp’)
Rome Shadanloo (Shaydah ‘The Princess’)
We’ve managed to fit an abundance of striking horror into our 2023 programme, particularly in October, but few come close to the stylishness of Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut film.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night follows the titular character as she preys on several bad men and develops a bond with one good man. She stalks the streets ‘Bad City’, a decaying Iran ghost town where everyone speaks Persian but which looks more like California. The figure of a hijabi, often rendered as a victim in orientalist western media, is here re-imagined as an avenging angel, using her thirst for blood as a way to strike back against misogyny.
With its heightened aesthetic, drawing on Spaghetti Westerns, German Expressionism and graphic novels, its alt-rock soundtrack and the central figure of a skateboarding vampire wearing a chador, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is one of the coolest, most unusual films on our 2023 programme.