Art and Experience: A Dragon Arrives by Mani Haghighi have been selected for the Competition of the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.

Haghighi is known for 2006 absurdist comedy “Men at Work,” which was based on an idea by Abbas Kiarostami, and more recently tragicomedy “Modest Reception,” which screened in the Berlin fest’s Forum section in 2012.

Ejhdeha Vared Mishavad! (A Dragon Arrives!), Mani Haghighi. With Amir Jadidi, Homayoun Ghanizadeh, Ehsan Goudarzi and Kiana Tajammol was filmed in Gheshm and Tehran. The story line is “It’s late January 1965. An orange Chevrolet Impala drives past an ancient cemetery towards a grounded ship. An exiled prisoner is found hanged inside the ship. He’d written his diaries on the walls of ship (or ship cabin). Would these notes help detective Hafizi to discover why no body has been buried in this cemetery for so many years?” The movie was present in Sodayeh Simorgh section of Fajr Film Festival too.

15 films have now been selected for the Competition of the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. Besides Mani Haghighi’s movie which is already Mentioned, another eight films have been invited to the Competition. To date, the selection includes productions from the following countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden, United Kingdom and the US.

Cartas da guerra (Letters from War)
Portugal
By Ivo M. Ferreira (Na Escama do Dragão)
With Miguel Nunes, Margarida Vila-Nova
World premiere

Ejhdeha Vared Mishavad! (A Dragon Arrives!)
Iran
By Mani Haghighi (Modest Reception, Men at Work)
With Amir Jadidi, Homayoun Ghanizadeh, Ehsan Goudarzi, Kiana Tajammol
International premiere

Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea) – documentary
Italy / France
By Gianfranco Rosi (Sacro GRA, El Sicario – Room 164)
World premiere

Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis (A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery)
Philippines / Singapore
By Lav Diaz (From What Is Before, Norte, the End of History, Melancholia)
With John Lloyd Cruz, Piolo Pascual, Hazel Orencio, Alessandra De Rossi, Joel Saracho, Susan Africa, Sid Lucero, Ely Buendia, Bernardo Bernardo, Angel Aquino, Cherie Gil
World premiere

Kollektivet (The Commune)
Denmark / Sweden / Netherlands
By Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt, Submarino, It’s All About Love)
With Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, Helene Reingaard Neumann, Marta Sofie Wallstrøm Hansen, Lars Ranthe, Fares Fares, Magnus Millang, Anne Gry Henningsen, Julie Agnete Vang
International premiere

L’avenir (Things to Come)
France / Germany
By Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden, Goodbye First Love, Father of My Children)
With Isabelle Huppert, Roman Kolinka, Edith Scob, André Marcon
World premiere

Quand on a 17 ans (Being 17)
France
By André Téchiné (Les Témoins)
With Sandrine Kiberlain, Kacey Mottet Klein, Corentin Fila, Alexis Loret
World premiere

Smrt u Sarajevu / Mort à Sarajevo (Death in Sarajevo)
France / Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Danis Tanović (An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker, No Man’s Land)
With Jacques Weber, Snežana Vidović, Izudin Bajrović, Vedrana Seksan, Muhamed Hadžović, Faketa Salihbegović-Avdagić, Edin Avdagić
World premiere

Zjednoczone Stany Miłosci (United States of Love)
Poland / Sweden
By Tomasz Wasilewski (Floating Skyscrapers)
With Julia Kijowska, Magdalena Cielecka, Dorota Kolak, Marta Nieradkiewicz, Łukasz Simlat, Andrzej Chyra, Tomek Tyndyk
World premiere

The complete Competition programme will be announced soon. The 66th Berlin International Film Festival will be held from 11 to 21st February and Meryl Streep is to serve as the president of the jury.