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?
- Best Film (Noves Visions PLUS) - Sitges IFFF
- Amir Jadidi
- Homayoun Ghanizadeh
- Ehsan Goudarzi
- Kiana Tajammol
- Nader Fallah
- Mani Haghighi
- Houman Behmanesh
- Hayedeh Safiyari
- Christophe Rezai
- THE MATCH FACTORY
- DARK PRECURSOR PRODUCTIONS
As impressive as it is baffling.
A meta-cinematic detective story set in 1960s Iran, shot through with counter-culture references and magical realism, channelling both the Westernised cool of the country’s pre-Revolution intelligentsia and the climate of fear and paranoia engendered by the Shah’s repressive regime.
An entertaining, mind-bending wild camel chase.
Mani Haghighi was born in 1969 in Tehran. He is an Iranian filmmaker, screen writer and actor. His first feature, ABADAN (2004), was banned by Iranian officials but bootleg copies of the film helped initiate a new wave of Iranian underground film. His second feature, MEN AT WORK (2006), premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and won several international prizes, including the Best Screenplay Prize at the Asian Film Awards and the Founders’ Prize at Michael Moore’s Traverse City FF. CANAAN (2008), an adaptation of an Alice Munro short story, won the Audience Prize for Best Film at Fajr IFF. Haghighi co-wrote, directed, produced and acted in his fourth feature, MODEST RECEPTION (2012), which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival where it won the NETPAC Prize, and went on to sweep eight more international prizes, including the Free Spirit Award at the Warsaw Film Festival. A DRAGON ARRIVES! was selected in Competition at the Berlinale in 2016.