Release date: 2014
Sometimes the buzz around a film threatens to overshadow the film itself. When I first started hearing about this it was suggested that it was the first Iranian vampire film, this was amended to the first western Iranian vampire film. As far as I know the first Iranian vampire film was Vampir, Zan-e Khoon-Asham (1967). The added descriptor “western” was better, but not just because of the western genre, because this seems to be where East meets West.
The dialogue is in the Farsi language but the content seems very American (rather than simply western genre) Iranian, drawing in influences from the wild west, rock n’ roll and industrialism (to name a few) – fitting as writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour is Iranian-American (Amirpour was born in England but then moved to the US when young).
|Arash Marandi as Arash|
|Marshall Manesh as Hossein|
|Dominic Rains as Saeed|
|stoned out of his gourd|
|Arash and the girl|
|an expression of unspoken truth|
|Sheila Vand as the girl|
The film is slow, almost languid, in places but suits the pace. 7 out of 10. The imdb page is here.