White Winged Horse

The figure of a white-winged horse has haunted Taha since childhood. Many years ago he had begged his sweetheart to escape their war-torn town together with him. But she chose to stay behind, for she promised her heart to the one who appeared to her as a white-winged horse. Now Taha returns with big hopes that he can win her heart. Alas, amnesia reigns supreme in his old hometown. Hardly a soul still believes in the power of poetry and magic.
by Mahyar Mandegar
with Sepehr Tehranchi, Hasan Najarian, Mohammad Bashir, Asal Shakeri, Arash Vazirnezami, Hazhir Moradi, Mehri Aleagha, Sardar Sarmast, Ali Najarian
Iran 2020 Farsi 20’ Colour World premiere


  • Sepehr Tehranchi (Horse)
  • Hasan Najarian (Motel Owner)
  • Mohammad Bashir (Taha)
  • Asal Shakeri (Girl)
  • Arash Vazirnezami (Blacksmith’s Owner)
  • Hazhir Moradi (Blacksmith)
  • Mehri Aleagha (Owner of the House)
  • Sardar Sarmast (Singer)
  • Ali Najarian (Young Motel Owner )


Written and Directed by Mahyar Mandegar
Cinematography Soroush Alizadeh
Editing Mahyar Mandegar
Music Salar M. Asghari
Sound Design Mohammad Mehdi Javaherizadeh
Sound Ali Zolfaghari
Production Design Faraz Modiri
Costumes Asma Ahmadi
Make-Up Babak Kashanfallah
Assistant Director Raha Amirfazli
Production Manager Ali Najarian
Producer Hamidreza Zobeir

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Produced by

Dina Dreams Film

Mahyar Mandegar

Born in Tehran, Iran in 1996, he studied at the Tehran University of Art and began his career editing short films such as Staircase, which was part of the official selection for the 2018 Venice International Film Festival. His first short as a director, Blue Sky, Clean Earth, won awards including the Outstanding Asian Student Film Award at the International Student Film and Video Festival of the Beijing Film Academy. He has participated in an exchange programme with the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf where he made the documentary Margarina Bailarina.

Filmography (short films)

2017 Blue Sky, Clean Earth 2020 Margarina Bailarina; documentary · White Winged Horse

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020