Directed by Mani Haghighi (Iran, 2016, 108 min.). In Farsi with English subtitiles.
A political prisoner’s apparent suicide leads a Chevrolet-driving detective to a desert island in the Persian Gulf. Events on the island quickly take a turn for the bizarre as the prisoner’s burial appears to trigger an earthquake. One of Iran’s most exciting and idiosyncratic directors, Mani Haghighi (Modest Reception) has forged a work that is at once an homage to the Western genre and something far more surreal and experimental, as Haghighi himself breaks into the narrative to explain his reasons for making the film. Bold, flashy, and set to a pulsating soundtrack, A Dragon Arrives! is a new kind of Iranian cinema.
Synopsis courtesy of the Melbourne International Film Festival.