Labeled “the first iranian vampire western”, Amirpour’s first feature film is beautifully shot in black and white, with an eclectic soundtrack that combines Iranian alternative rock and English post-punk, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night seems like the offspring of a mix between Jim Jarmusch, Jennifer Kent, and Robert Weine. The film is in Farsi, with English subtitles, which gives it the luminescent quality of foreign films by depicting a unique cinematography that is almost hypnotic.
The film opens with a scene of a vast wasteland, Bad City, populated with oil drilling machines and a palpable sense of being a quasi ghost town. Here, Arash a lonely teenager with a drug addicted father who consistently owes money to a dealer, tries his best to make a living working as a gardener for a rich family. Unknown to him, the city is inhabited by a lonely young vampire whose name we never learn. She acts as a sort of vigilante, choosing to feed from those who she considers “bad”, killing them without mercy. When one night she runs into Arash, she will finally know the possibilities that love offers, and that even in Bad City, shines a small glimmer of hope.
Amirpour won the Gotham Awards in the Category of “Breakthrough Director” with this film. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014.