IFFA 2016, Feature Film

A Dragon Arrives! (Ejhdeha Vared Mishavad!)

Screening Time: 108 mins

Language: Farsi with English subtitles

Genre: Thriller

Year: 2016

Format: Feature / Colour / DCP

Print Source: Daricheh Cinema

Director: Mani Haghighi

Producer: Mani Haghighi

Cast: Amir Jadidi, Houmayoun Ghanizadeh, Ehsan Goudarzi, Kiana Tajammol

Scriptwriter: Mani Haghighi

Director of Photography: Houman Behmanesh

Restricted to persons aged 18+ 

A mind bending time travel genre mashup, a historical allegory, labels abound when discussing Mani Haghighi’s latest film which begins on the 22nd of January 1965, a quintessentially American chevrolet driving towards a shipwreck in the desert. A prisoner inside has hung himself and we are one day away from the Iranian Prime Minister (real or no) being shot dead outside of the parliament building. Questions abound as a police inspector begins his investigation with the help of a sound engineer and a geologist. Years later, all evidence of the investigation is found in a box - what happened to these men, and why were they arrested?
At it’s core, this is (probably) a story about three men who go to the remote, desertified Iranian island of Qeshm in 1965 to investigate the aftermath of a suicide of a political prisoner.” Screen Daily