In the shadows of Bad City–a lawless hellhole, inhabited by underworld figures, drug users, and pimps–a lonesome vampire wanders around. Dressed in a hijab and a striped t-shirt, she follows local villagers. One night she meets Arash, an Iranian James Dean lookalike. There is an instant attraction.
Let the intriguing title lure you into the mysterious world of this modern, feminist take on the vampire film. Set in Iran and shot in crisp black-and-white, this invigorating debut is a reappropriation of a genre usually known for undermining women as the ultimate victims. No more, time’s up!
Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003, Russia
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Jia Zhangke, 1998, China
Mike Leigh, 2008, United Kingdom
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria
Gus Van Sant, 2007, United States