'A Dragon Arrives!' is 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. Iranian writer-director Mani Haghighi’s mocku-fantasy-folk-film-noir was selected to compete for the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.
January 2, 1964: An orange Chevrolet passes a cemetery and goes toward a grounded ship. Inside the ship, an exiled prisoner has hanged himself; he has written his daily memories on the wall. Do these writings help detective Hafizi to understand why no one has buried their dead in this cemetery?