A Dragon Arrives!

A Dragon Arrives!

(Ejdeha Vared Mishavad!)
(2016)

Iranian writer-director Mani Haghighi's A Dragon Arrives! is a genre mash-up set around a politician's mysterious suicide in a desert island shipwreck.... More

"An orange Chevrolet Impala drives across a cemetery towards an abandoned shipwreck in the middle of a desert landscape. It is the 22nd of January, 1965. The day before, the Iranian prime minister was shot dead in front of the parliament building. Inside the wreck, a banished political prisoner has hung himself. The walls are covered in diary entries, literary quotes and strange symbols. Can they help Police Inspector Babak Hafizi in his investigations? Will they shed any light on why there is always an earthquake whenever somebody is buried in this desert cemetery? Assisted by a sound engineer and a geologist, Hafizi begins his investigations on the ancient island of Qeshm in the Persian Gulf. Fifty years later, their entire evidence, along with intelligence tape recordings, are found in a box, the contents of which attest to the fact that the inspector and his colleagues were arrested. But why?" (Berlin International Film Festival)Hide

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  • Mani Haghighi's bold, bewildering melange of noir, mockumentary and outright fantasy bends itself into one very sexy pretzel. Full Review