A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014), the first Iranian vampire Western, will be screened in the atmospheric Pugin Hall. Enjoy popcorn and a beer to make a night of it.
Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films and the Iranian New Wave.
Mark Kermode gave the film five stars in his Guardian review, calling it "a bloody triumph. It plays out like the missing link between Kathryn Bigelow’s first two features; the ultra-cool biker pastiche The Loveless and the latterday vampire flick Near Dark. It is steeped in the pop iconography of the past, yet its crystalline anamorphic black and white photography has an unmistakably contemporary edge. It all adds up to a deliriously disorienting experience that can be read as either political parable or pulpy potboiler – preferably both. As an American offshoot of the Iranian new wave, it’s a defiant statement of girl power, a modern twist on the Reclaim the Night battle cries of international feminism set against the backdrop of oppressively dysfunctional patriarchy. Yet Amirpour never lets a message get in the way of a good tune, taking palpable delight in spinning the reels like a cinematic DJ, keeping the crowd on their toes, wrong-footing their dance moves."
Booking is essential. Tickets are €15 with snacks and complimentary soft drinks included. Pay bar available for wine and beer. Over 18s event.Tickets online or phone 058-54061.