Ana Lily Amirpour’s ‘The Bad Batch’

Among 2014’s hottest discoveries was Iranian-American filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour, director of A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. Her strange, black-and-white vampire love story – featuring a zombie skateboarder! – was like a cross between Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man and Hal Hartley’s Simple Men. But not quite. Indeed its originality catapulted the director straight to the top of our “ones to watch” list.

This morning Screen Daily reported on the filmmaker’s follow-up to her Sundance hit. It’s called The Bad Batch and it’s described as “a dystopian love story set in a Texas wasteland.” Which, yes, could quite easily be a thin synopsis of her debut. But that’s a good thing; with that kind of thematic continuation, Ana Lily Amirpour has boldly laid down the auteur card. And we can’t say we’re surprised.

Again produced by VICE, along with Annapurna Pictures, The Bad Batch is still in early stages of development. And with the director’s first film still playing the festival circuit, we could be in for a wait. Speaking of which, as A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night's festival run draws to a close you can expect a release date for that one any time now. And keep an eye out for our interview with the director.

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