Presented by the Iranian Film Festival Australia
Official Selection Berlinale
Special Jury Award IFFA Golden Pomegranate 2016
In 1965 a young detective working for the Shah’s secret police heads for the remote island of Qeshm in his tangerine Chevy Impala to investigate the purported suicide of an exiled political prisoner. The prisoner has been living in the wreck of a ship from the seventeenth century, a relic from a battle when the British fought with the Persians against the Portuguese. Is this the opening of some kind of historical allegory? The detective enlists two friends to assist him. One is a sound engineer, who then goes missing on a film currently being shot, The Brick and the Mirror, (also screening at Rev) which is excerpted in this film.
Another synopsis of A Dragon Arrives might read, “What happened to the soundman of Brick and Mirror while missing from the set?” They leave the island with a baby (some kind of reference again to Brick and Mirror), and the day after the Prime Minister is assassinated the detective is arrested.
All these elements and more blend into an aesthetically outstanding film that Variety with justification calls “a high-end brainteaser”.
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