Director Ana Lily Amirpour recently announced her next film Blood Moon, a fairy tale adventure set in New Orleans. Inspired by fantasy-adventure movies of the 80s and 90s, it centers on an outsider girl with strange abilities who escapes a mental asylum and attempts to find her way with some unexpected allies in the chaotic, neon-lit French Quarter.
The writer-director debuted with A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, a stylish and beautiful Iranian vampire Western. Her second film The Bad Batch received the Venice Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize. Blood Moon, whose script it being shopped by CAA and Rocket Science to international buyers at Cannes this week, has potential to be her break out.
Amirpour has a distinct style, with films that pair visually stunning sequences in unique settings to a stellar soundtrack. Blood Moon promises to be no different, with musical suggestions ranging from heavy metal to Italian techno to French lounge music. And as for location, Amirpour chose New Orleans as the most visceral location she could think of. She says:
I wanted to tell a stylized fairy tale and in New Orleans you have a specific, unique place where there is so much history and this openly hedonistic debauchery that is led by pleasures of the flesh. I thought that was an interesting place to set a story about a girl who has some disturbing abilities but who isn’t acclimated in any way to society, and learns to be with people in such a chaotic place.
John Lesher (Oscar-winning producer of Birdman) will produce. He calls Amirpour’s vision “a visual odyssey through the underworld of New Orleans. Her singular vision as a director is powerful and will be sure to make this a film not to be missed.”