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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night 2014

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

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A love story between two tortured souls In the Iranian Ghost town called BAD CITY... a place that reeks of death and loneliness where a lonesome vampire is preying on the towns most depraved denizens.

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  • The first Iranian Vampire Western

Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls, is a place that reeks of death and hopelessness, where a lonely vampire is stalking the towns most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom... blood red.

The first Iranian Vampire Western, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut feature A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno and Morricone-inspired riffs, its airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawn-out scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the surrealism of David Lynch.


It's like Sergio Leone and David Lynch had an Iranian rock 'n' roll baby, and then Nosferatu came and babysat for them. It's shot in black and white; it has a crazy awesome soundtrack and an incredible cast. I wanted to make an Iranian film, but the question was how? Since I obviously can't shoot in Iran, the solution became the invention of the entire film; I found a desolate, vacant oil-town in the desert of California which became the fictitious Iranian ghost-town Bad City, and suddenly there were no rules. I created my own universe and made the rules. And the cast of characters are inspired by pop icons I love from the 50's all the way through the 90's, like James Dean, Sophia Loren, Ninja from Die Antwoord, and of course, the limitless possibilities of a Vampire. I wanted the look and feel to be timeless, and truly complete the mythical and surreal feeling of the story, so that's why I shot in black and white anamorphic; it gave us this graphic look, and the film suddenly became a truly genre-blending experience.

It's impossible to talk about making this film without talking about music. Music has been a big part of my life; I was singer and bass player of a rock band for many years, and now love DJ'ing, so it's natural that music is also a vital part of this film. The soundtrack was very much a part of the design of the film, at the script level. Each song you hear was picked in advance, and the power of music is so massive that it leads the way in the filmmaking. It's the magic that transports a moment into another dimension.

Ana Lily Amirpour


'The Girl' played by Sheila Vand.

A lonely and quiet young girl wearing a full chador... why is she following the very bad men of BAD CITY...


'The Persian James Dean' played by Arash Marandi.

He works hard and has a good sense of right and wrong... how can this last if he stays in BAD CITY?


'The Gambler' played by Marshall Manesh.

A drug addict and gambler, he's a typical product of BAD CITY. His addictions are eating him alive...


'The Prostitute' played by Mozhan Marnò.

She's seen the worst of men and will do whatever she has to survive BAD CITY...


'The Pimp' played by Dominic Rains.

He's a drug dealer who keeps the underbelly of BAD CITY flourishing, and he wants the money you owe him...


'The Little Boy' played by Milad Eghbali.

He's only a child, but his destructive impulses could make him just another product of BAD CITY...


'The Rich Girl' played by Rome Shadanloo.

Privileged and beautiful, this princess is itching for adventure in BAD CITY...


'The Rockabilly' played by Reza Sixo Safai.

He's the gay boy walking the streets of BAD CITY, even though no one seems to know he exists...


When I was writing A GIRL WALK HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, a story with a Vampire, I had to answer the questions of who this Vampire was and is, and this meant writing her entire history. And when I did that, suddenly I had hundreds of years of stories in my hands. The movie is just a fraction of time in her existence, and I was so excited about the entire mythology of the world and its players, and the universe of A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, that I decided to make it into a graphic novel as well. The first issue of the graphic novel is called ''Death is the Answer'', and it's being released concurrently with the premiere of the film.

Ana Lily Amirpour

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night Movie Details 🎥

Directed by

Ana Lily Amirpour

Writing Credits

Ana Lily Amirpour


Sheila Vand

Arash Marandi

Mozhan Marnò

Marshall Manesh

Dominic Rains

Rome Shadanloo

Milad Eghbali

Reza Sixo Safai

Ana Lily Amirpour

Music by

Bei Ru

Cinematography by

Lyle Vincent

Genres: Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller

Country: United States

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