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Los Feliz 3 | Q&A with filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour. Moderated by Heidi Honeycutt.
‘Here’s to Ana Lily Amirpour! A Celebratory Tribute’
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A girl with unusual powers escapes from a mental asylum and tries to make it on her own in New Orleans. When she meets a single mother looking to make some quick cash, their fantastical crime spree turns the whole city upside down. With Kate Hudson, Jun Jong-seo, and Craig Robinson.
DISTRIBUTOR: Saban Films
The American Cinematheque is proud to pay tribute to Iranian-American director, writer, and producer Ana Lily Amirpour.
Amirpour made her first film at age 12, a horror movie starring guests of a slumber party. She has a varied background in the arts, including painting and sculpting, and was bass player and frontwoman of an art-rock band before moving to Los Angeles to make films. Her visually dynamic and color-imbued body of work embodies the mantra, “to make the weird real.” She is known for her feature-film debut, A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, the “Iranian vampire spaghetti western” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014 and was the opening selection for the New Directors/New Films series at the MoMA in New York City. The film was awarded the Revelations Prize at the Deauville Film Festival and was given both the Carnet Jove Jury Award and the Citizen Kane Award for Best Directorial Revelation from the Sitges Film Festival. At the 2014 Gotham Awards, Amirpour was honored with the Bingham Ray Award, given to an emerging filmmaker with distinctive creative vision and stylistic adventurousness that stands apart from the mainstream.
Her second feature, the desert-set psychedelic hellscape centered on the American dream, THE BAD BATCH, starred Jason Momoa, Suki Waterhouse, Keanu Reeves and Jim Carrey, and won the Special Jury Prize at the 2016 Venice Film Festival. Her third film, MONA LISA AND THE BLOOD MOON, a supernatural fairy tale set in New Orleans, premiered at the Venice Film Festival and stars Kate Hudson, Jun Jong-seo, Craig Robinson, Ed Skrein, and Evan Whitten.
Amirpour directs music videos and television alongside her films; most recently she helmed “The Outside,” an episode of Guillermo Del Toro’s anthology series, CABINET OF CURIOSITIES, for Netflix. She has created comic books based on A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT and in Spring 2023, she will publish an intimate book of journal entries collected from her iPhone called Sent From My Slimy Brains. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
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