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A special Sneak Preview, presented by Rooftop Films and indieWIRE as part of our joint Birthday Party celebration.
Special Sneak Preview. A mysterious female vampire haunts an Iranian ghost town and falls for one of its alienated locals in this fantastical black-and-white romance. Produced by Elijah Wood, the Sundance-acclaimed title is a daring, original take on the genre. A special Sneak Preview, presented by Rooftop Films and indieWIRE as part of our joint Birthday Party celebration.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Lily Amirpour | 107 min.)
For centuries, vampires have provided handy metaphors for social and physical dilemma, but in the stylishly muted deadpan romance A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, the threat is personal. Writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour's stunning debut, follows the experiences of a small Iranian town haunted by a vampiric presence who's just as lonely as the other locals. Shot in gorgeously expressionistic black-and-white and fusing multiple genres into a thoroughly original whole, Amirpour has crafted a beguiling, cryptic and often surprisingly funny look at personal and cultural desires that creeps up on you with the nimble powers of its supernatural focus. The director combines elements of film noir and the restraint of Iranian New Wave cinema with the subdued depictions of a bored youth culture found in early Jim Jarmusch…the comparisons go on and on, but the result is wholly original.
Set in the fictional Iranian ghost town tellingly labeled Bad City — but actually shot in California —A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night initially focuses on the downtrodden plight of Arash (Arash Marandi), a hip young man who wanders the empty streets accompanied by his husky cat. Coping with the destructive junkie habits of his bumbling father (Marshall Manesh) and staving off the oppression of local crime lord Saeed (Dominic Rains), Arash struggles to take control of his life.
Meanwhile, Amirpour fleshes out the somber life of a mysterious vampire woman haunting the streets, a doe-faced goth whose style is both traditional and sneakily hip. Though her origins remain obscured, as she trails various locals late at night, she quickly turns into the face of repression burdening all of them. But once she forms a curiously moving romance with Arash, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night truly moves beyond its elegant form and develops an emotional core. Arash pops in a cassette tape or cues up a record, while classic blues and contemporary indie rock infuse their quiet exchanges with poignancy. As lyrics and melodies inform their otherwise gloomy exchanges the film is practically a musical, run through the filter of a European arthouse aesthetic.
Starring Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Mozhan Marnó, Dominic Rains, Rome Shadanloo, Milad Eghbali and Marshall Manesh.
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