Dokhtari dar šab tanhâ be xâne miravad (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night). 2014. USA. Written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour. With Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Mozhan Marnò, Marshall Manesh, Dominic Rains. In Persian; English subtitles. 101 min.
Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut feature is effortlessly cool and a dream to experience. In stark black and white, a lonely vampire “Girl” hides in plain sight, skateboarding around the ghost town of Bad City and attacking men who disrespect women. But when she meets Arash, a romance blossoms. The two plan to run away together even though he knows exactly who she is and what she’s done. Known as the first Iranian Vampire Western and released the same year as The Babadook, Amirpour’s film takes control of the revenge narrative by reimagining one of horror’s most iconically male-dominated creatures, the vampire, and opening it up to the experience of being a young woman in the world.