A Dragon Arrives!


The Main 4 Mon, Apr 17, 2017 4:30 PM
The Main 4 Thu, Apr 20, 2017 9:55 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$13.00
$6.00 Earlybird
Film Info
Original Title:Ejdeha Vared Mishavad!
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Festival Programs:World Cinema
Release Year:2016
Runtime:105 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Match Factory
Director:Mani Haghighi
Producer:Mani Haghighi
Cinematographer:Houman Behmanesh
Screenwriter:Mani Haghighi
Editor:Hayedeh Safi yari
Composer:Christophe Rezai
Principal Cast:Amir Jadidi
Homayoun Ghanizadeh
Ehsan Goudarzi
Kiana Tajammol
Nader Fallah
Filmography:Abadan ('04)
Men at Work ('06)
Canaan ('08)
Modest Reception ('12)
50 Kilo Albaloo ('15)


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. 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, all their evidence and 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? In his new film, Mani Haghighi creates a grotesquely absurd experimental setup. His playful re-enactment of mysterious events revolves around a real-life episode—but also imagines a truth of its own.


“Mani Haghighi's bold, bewildering melange of noir, mockumentary and outright fantasy bends itself into one very sexy pretzel.” - Variety

“An entertaining, mind-bending wild camel chase.” - Hollywood Reporter

Director’s Biography

Mani Haghighi was born in Tehran in 1969 and studied philosophy at McGill University, Montreal before returning to Iran to make films. He has directed the features, Abadan ('03), Men at Work ('06), Canaan ('08), Modest Reception ('12), which received the NETPAC Award at the Berlin Film Festival, and 50 Kilo Albaloo ('15).

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