Iran has been lauded as one of the best exporters of cinema in the past three decades. Many critics now rank Iran as the world’s most important national cinema, artistically, with a significance that invites comparison to Italian neorealism and similar movements in the past. During that time, Iran has submitted a total of seventeen films for Oscar consideration including Majid Majidi’s Children of Heaven and Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation, to name a few. And soon Iran will introduce the world to A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, billed as the first Iranian Vampire Western. The film which is Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut as a director, will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month, and comes from SpectreVision, a relatively new genre-oriented company created by Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller. The first teaser has dropped online, and had I seen it a week earlier, it would have made my list of the most anticipated horror films of 2014. Watch the trailer below. Here is a brief plot synopsis:
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 stalks its most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom… blood red.