When: Saturday 27 December 2014 to Monday 26 January 2015
Where: Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne
“Audiences around the world…should willingly line up for a spellbinding bite or two in the neck.” — The Hollywood Reporter
“A deliberately paced film filled with striking images, ethereally beautiful people, and one wonderfully expressive cat, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night has already drawn comparisons to early Jim Jarmusch for its deadpan humour and cool.” — Film Comment
“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 desire that creeps up on you with the nimble powers of its supernatural focus.” — indieWIRE
Just when you thought 2014’s cinematic vampires couldn’t get any more playful (What We Do in the Shadows) or sexy (The Only Lovers Left Alive), the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) brings Ana Lily Amirpour’s startling debut A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night to the screen from 27 December.
A tale of love, loneliness and family ties, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is set in the fictitious locale of Bad City, a stunningly crafted black-and-white world riddled with random events and flawed people that takes its visual cues from Sin City (2005) and the early films of Jim Jarmusch.
Dubbed the first Iranian Vampire Western, Amirpour’s take on the blood-sucking archetype is anything but prescriptive. For one thing, her vamp (Sheila Vand) is a sassy loner who roams the streets on a skateboard she stole from a kid. In her stripy shirt and ‘60s eyeliner she could be straight out of the Velvet Underground, the only difference being her bat-like chador flowing in the nocturnal breeze. The unsuspecting object of her affections is Arash (Arash Marandi), a handsome James Dean-type. He is dealing with his own family issues and in the off-kilter world they inhabit, a touching and unconventional relationship develops.
From the opening moments of Writer-Director Amirpour’s debut feature, audiences are propelled into a filmic universe so atmospheric that they would be forgiven for suspecting this was the work of a mid-career director.
“With assured direction, original storytelling and wonderful performances, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a delightfully unexpected film experience,” says ACMI Film Programmer Kristy Matheson. “For me, this film speaks to the very heart of why it’s always worth taking a punt on the unknown. At the start of the year I had no knowledge of Amirpour, but as 2014 draws to a close, she’s my new favourite director!”
For tickets and information, please visit: http://www.acmi.net.au