A Dragon Arrives!

Ejhdeha Vared Mishavad!



Mani Haghighi discovers a hidden chest belonging to his late grandfather, Ebrahim Golestan, a pioneer of the Iranian New Wave. It contains puzzling materials related to a bizarre event that unfolded in a secluded cabin next to a cemetery in the ancient island of Qeshm, where Golestan’s sound engineer, a geologist and a police agent once investigated a political prisoner’s suicide. The cabin is riddled with symbols and cryptic writings, and clues point towards a mysterious shark hunter and the strange occurrence of earthquakes every time a person is buried in the cemetery.

Mani Haghighi weaves in documentary style interviews and a vividly shot narrative akin to Hollywood epics, as close to Indiana Jones as to a film noir unfolding in the desert. Truly a work of confident experimentation, A Dragon Arrives! will shock and baffle in a most enthralling manner.


  • web-51-adragonarrives-director Mani Haghighi, born in 1969, Tehran, Iran, studied Philosophy and Cultural Studies in Canada, and is a director, screenwriter and actor. He was a co-scriptwriter for Asghar Farhadi’s Fireworks Wednesday (2006), and his features include Men at Work (2006) and Modest Reception (2012), the latter which won the NETPAC Prize for Best Asian Film at the Berlin Film Festival in 2012.
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