A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

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USA | 2014 | 99 Minutes | Ana Lily Amirpour

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Ends Feb 5 at Uptown | Encore: Sat Feb 7, Midnight, at Egyptian |  This utterly original genre mash-up of Spaghetti Western, vampire tale, and Iranian cinema uses gorgeous black-and-white cinematography and a pulsing soundtrack to tell the story of a lonely female bloodsucker living in the ghost town of Bad City.

Strange things are afoot in Bad City, an Iranian ghost town that reeks of death and hopelessness. It is home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps…and a lonely female vampire who is stalking the towns' most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom.

A remarkable new cinematic talent, director Ana Lily Amirpour drew on influences that span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave, blended with a soundtrack that features Iranian rock, techno, and Morricone-inspired riffs.

Independent Spirit Award nominee: Best First Feature.


"A strange and gorgeous and haunting film that brings the indie aesthetic of the mid-1980s into a context that feels both timeless and highly contemporary…the biggest honest-to-God discovery of 2014." - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon

"This is a dream on your screen, absurd, languid (if not slow), and possessed by the calm of an inevitable beauty. This is what cinema was invented for." - David Thomson, The New Republic

"In almost every decision the director makes, there is a calculated risk, more heartening each time she takes it." - Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

  • Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
  • Principal Cast: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh, Dominic Rains
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 99 Minutes
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Language: Farsi
  • Has Subtitles: Yes