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Ana Lily Armirpour

If you haven’t seen “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” I highly recommend it. It is a stunningly original black and white film by first time director Ana Lily Armirpour. The promotional tag is “An Iranian Vampire Spaghetti Western” which doesn’t really do it justice, but it was enough to make me want to check it out. I was transfixed from the first frame…

This is one of those movies that immediately transports you into an alternate universe – even though I could see some of her influences the end result had the immersive staying power of a mysterious dream. I don’t need for a film to make sense – I just need to be drawn in so I can submit to the experience. Life makes no sense, it just is. I like to experience art with no preconceptions, it either works or it doesn’t. For me this film is a masterpiece. Unimaginably cool.

I heard Ana say something in an interview once that really cut to the heart of what it means to make art. I was so struck I immediately wrote it down. She said:

“I want to find stuff inside myself and take it out and look at it and see what is there.”