Congratulations are in order to Ana Lily Amirpour for winning several prizes these past months. Her film, co-produced by Lord of the Rings actor Elijah Wood, tells the tale of a girl who, instead of being the hunted on the streets of Tehran at night, becomes the huntress. What’s great about the film is its style, and Amirpour began the tale as a comic to rival any that world has produced. It’s available for just 0.69 pence online. Add the quirky fact that the girl creeps about in Islamic dress and suddenly the American tropes that make vampire stories so hackneyed today just fall away. Iran’s high percentage of heroin use features here, as does the subversion of clearly defined male/female roles as defined by its society, something America can’t much play on anymore. The music is classically spaghetti-Western however, and with the Persian language adds a really stylish element to the black and white film.
“Death is the Answer. Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps and other sordid souls, is a bastion of depravity and hopelessness where a lonely vampire, The Girl, stalks the town’s most unsavory inhabitants.”