A Dragon Arrives!

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Iran | 2016 | 105 minutes | Mani Haghighi

Police Inspector Hafizi wakes up on a desert island and must piece together the puzzle of his abduction while working a murder case in this delightfully unconventional and entertaining Iranian mashup of gumshoe noir and phantasmagorical ghost story.

"The Iranian film is one part cleverly done mockumentary,... one part supernatural mystery dosed in light political intrigue, and the result is just as noteworthy for its truly epic landscape shots as it is for the compelling manner in which the story unfolds."Leilani Polk, The Stranger

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It's 1965, and a flame-orange Chevy Impala pulls up to a shipwreck on the island of Qeshm in the Strait of Hormuz. A police inspector, a sound engineer, and a geologist get out; they've come to investigate the suspicious death of a banished political prisoner. Inside the wreck, the walls are covered in diary entries, literary quotations, and strange symbols. Fifty years later, all this evidence, plus subsequent recordings by the intelligence services—recordings that suggest that the inspector and his colleagues were arrested—is found in a chest passed down to the film's director, Mani Haghighi. This twisty tale of spies and counterspies winds its way through multiple genres—noir, mockumentary, mystery, ghost story—and is rife with surrealist black humor and references to Iranian popular cinema of the '60s and '70s. It may be an allegory for the country's political present and recent past, or it may be a supernatural tale of graveyard earthquakes and dragons that make men speak in foreign tongues. Either way, it's a spectacular exercise in flash and panache not to be missed.

Director Biography

Iranian filmmaker Mani Haghighi is prominent for his versatility as a writer, director, and actor. His feature film Men At Work, which he wrote and directed, was highly regarded worldwide after its 2006 release.

Sponsored by Anonymous, Sinikka and Babak Parviz, Neda and Michael Nassirian, ARVR Academy, Persian & Iranian Studies at UW Near-Eastern Languages & Civilization Department, Naimor Inc., American Iranian Business Council, Nima Foroutan DDS, Homes and Equity Mortgage, UW Iranian-American Faculty, Naini Family Foundation, Iranian American Community Alliance

  • Original Language Title: Ejhdeha Vared Mishavad!
  • Director: Mani Haghighi
  • Principal Cast: Amir Jadidi, Homayoun Ghanizadeh, Ehsan Goudarzi, Kiana Tajammol
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Iran
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 105 minutes
  • Producer: Mani Haghighi
  • Screenplay: Mani Haghighi
  • Cinematographers: Hooman Behmanesh
  • Editors: Hayedeh Safiyari
  • Music: Christophe Rezai
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Modest Reception (2012); Canaan (2007); Men at Work (2006); Abadan (2003)
  • Language: Persian, German
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: The Match Factory