Hull Independent Cinema presents, as part of the BFI In Dreams Are Monsters season:
A VAMPIRE DOUBLE BILL at Hull Minster: a screening of NOSFERATU (1922) with live piano and violin score; a panel discussion exploring the role of the vampire on screen; and a screening of A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT (2014).
NOSFERATU with live score
Dir F.W. Murnau | 1922 | Germany | 94 mins | PG | Silent with English intertitles and live score
Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2022, NOSFERATU is a towering masterpiece whose legacy is truly incalculable and remains as mesmerising – and haunting – as ever.
Estate agent Thomas Hutter travels to the Transylvanian castle of mysterious Count Orlok, who is interested in property in the German town of Wisbourg. Why do the locals refuse to help Hutter get to his destination? Why, when he makes it, does Hutter feel a strange presence in the castle? Why does Orlok spend his days asleep? And why is he so interested in Hutter’s wife, Ellen? Once Hutter realises the truth, he faces a race against time to save his home town and Ellen from Orlok’s clutches.
Presented with an improvised live score by Jonny Best (piano) and Irine Røsnes (violin).
Starring Max Schrek, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder
“To watch ‘Nosferatu’ is to see the vampire movie before it had really seen itself. Here is the story of Dracula before it was buried alive in clichés, jokes, TV skits, cartoons and more than 30 other films. The film is in awe of its material. It seems to really believe in vampires.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“The startling eeriness of Murnau’s vision comes from its studied dismantling of the titular monster’s humanism, and in its canny way of making the creature a haunting, potent presence without giving away the mystery of his existence in the narrative. ★★★★” – Chris Cabin, Slant Magazine
“Nosferatu should be experienced before a screen in darkness, with the film flooding your senses. It is a powerful, atmospheric film.” – Kieron Tyler, The Arts Desk
A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT
Dir Ana Lily Amipour | 2014 | Iran | 101 mins | 15 | Persian with English language subtitles
In the Iranian ghost town of Bad City, Arash tries his best to make a living working as a gardener. Unknown to him and the townspeople, the city is inhabited by a young vampire who acts as a sort of vigilante, choosing to feed from those who she considers “bad”, killing them without mercy. But when one night she runs into Arash, she will finally know the possibilities that love offers, in a genre-defying film brimming with visual and musical style.
Cinema’s first Iranian vampire western, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut feature 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. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno, and Morricone-inspired riffs, its airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawn-out scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the weird surrealism of David Lynch.
Starring Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi
Deauville Film Fest: Winner, Revelations Prize
London Film Fest: Nominee, Best Film
Film Independent Spirit Awards: Nominee, Best First Feature, Best Cinematography
“It’s a spooky, moody doozy of a debut, shot in a radiant monochrome that somehow makes even the darkness sparkle.” – Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
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