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Ejhdeha Vared Mishavad!

A Dragon Arrives!

Christophe Rezai (Composer), Hayedeh Safiyari (Editor), Amir Hossein Ghodsi (Production Designer), Homayoun Ghanizadeh, Ehsan Goudarzi (Actors), Mani Haghighi (Director, Scriptwriter, Producer, Executive Producer), Kiana Tajammol, Amir Jadidi (Actors)
Moderation: Vincenzo Bugno

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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?
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, their entire evidence, along with 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 once again creates a grotesquely absurd experimental set-up. His playful reenactment of mysterious events revolves around a real-life episode – but also imagines a truth of its own.

Iran 2016, 107 min

by

Mani Haghighi

with

Amir Jadidi
Homayoun Ghanizadeh
Ehsan Goudarzi
Kiana Tajammol

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