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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Writer/Director Ana Lily Amirpour On Vampires, Hipsters and A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT

I know she's said in several interviews that she doesn't want to branch out of the indie film industry, but damn it Ana Lily Amirpour deserves to be a superstar. I saw A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT weeks ago and I still can't get it out of my head. If I could, I would post something about the film here every day until I got each of you to see it.

But I won't do that, because I'm sure you'd begin to hate me for it. I will, however, share two new behind the scenes videos of Amirpour discussing with Elijah Wood (one of the film's producers) the origins of her breakthrough film, her first full-length narrative that is now both a Gotham Award and Independent Film Award nominee. She talks about the eclectic soundtrack (which I am desperate to get my hands on), the graphic novel, choosing her awesome actors (Sheila Vand and Dominic Rains are both featured in the video), and why she chose to set the film in Iran. "I just wanted to make a movie that every second of what I see and hear people say is sh*t that I love," she said.

I find it interesting that so many people apparently have asked her that last question, especially since I completely forgot the film is actually in another language. It's so immersive that I feel it transmits its diverse audience right into the story. Amirpour also chats about her fascination with vampires and loneliness ("I make films to make friends"), and how important it was to share her unique voice. She says, "I was attracted to the idea of misfits having a stand." In both clips it's impossible not to fall in love with her passion, unpredictable sense of humor, and the idea behind the project and lead character, who she calls "the ultimate emo hipster on steroids."

Watch the videos:



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