12.02.2017 - Ana Lily Amirpour, moderated by Christoph Gröner
Ana Lily Amirpour’s unforgettably atmospheric feature debut, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, tagged "the first Iranian vampire western,” woos genre-lovers with its cool pastiche of pop-culture references and deliciously romantic mood swings. Although wary of categorizations, Amirpour sees herself as an inventor – not motivated by money but rather by passion – perhaps a bit mad and sometimes also a loner. Taking Bruce Lee’s life philosophies as a launch pad, the Berlinale Talents alumna describes how her ideas flow from a dynamic process of being inspired. Showing clips from her own films and projects and drawing references to other pop-culture inspirations, Amirpour invites the audience to witness a fluid approach to cradling ideas.
Christopher Gröner is a film festival programmer and film journalist who has written for Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Welt and the trade magazine Blickpunkt: Film, among others. He is a programmer for Filmfest München, where he handles the New German Cinema section and other world premieres. Additionally, he works as a competition programmer for the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and is a consultant on German speaking regions for the Zurich Film Festival.