Arash lives in the (fictional) Iranian ghost town Bad City, which is characterized by poverty and hopelessness. When he goes to the local dealer, he meets a mysterious woman in a chador who is just leaving the house. Disguised as a vampire, on his way home from a costume party, he meets the unknown woman again, who fascinates him in a strange way. She loves to listen to pop music on her record player and sometimes rushes through the streets on a skateboard. But she has a bloody secret: she is a real vampire who silently watches and stalks her male victims… Ana Lily Amirpour’s directorial debut is a mix of horror, western, psychological drama, mystery, neo-noir and romantic film.
Fiction Film, USA 2014, 104 Min. Director: Ana Lily Amirpour; Cast: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnò
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with producer Daniel Y-Li Grove and Arash Marandi from the main cast.
About Girls just wanna have fun-damental rights: The feminist and queer film series “Girls just wanna have fun-damental rights” explores what respect, self-determination and freedom can mean for women with intersectional identities through five international documentaries and feature films. The protagonists of the films are predominantly BIPOC and redefine their understanding of womanhood by fighting against patriarchy, racism and heteronormativity, by their will to live safely and securely and by standing up for the political rights of their community. The films are made by women and about women, but not only for women, appealing to a broad audience.
About Canan Turan: Canan Turan is a filmmaker, curator, facilitator, speaker and consultant. Her focus is on diversity, anti-discrimination and representation critique in society, culture and film, looking at them with an anti-racist, postcolonial and intersectional-feminist perspective. Canan holds a B.A. in Film Studies from the Free University of Berlin and did an M.A. in Documentary Film at Goldsmiths College London. She is the director of the short film Kıymet (2012) and creative producer of the feature-length documentary From Here (2020) by Christina Antonakos-Wallace. For the Duhok IFF, AKE DIKHEA? International Festival of Romani Film, the German Film Institute and Museum, Panthertainment, Film- und Kinobüro Hessen and Vision Kino, she has curated numerous film programs, panel discussions and workshops. She has been part of the Berlinale Generation selection committee since October 2023. At this year’s interfilm International Short Film Festival Berlin, Canan is co-curator of the German Competition and responsible for the focus program “The *Other* German Cinema”.