'A Dragon Arrives' in Germany: Iranian drama competes in Berlin Film Festival 2016
Ejhdeha Vared Mishavad! (A Dragon Arrives!) is among the films to compete for the Berlinale's Golden and the Silver Bears. (Relexa-hotel-berlin.de)
Directed by Mani Haghighi, Ejhdeha Vared Mishavad! (A Dragon Arrives!) is among nine new films to compete in the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.
A total of 15 films have been revealed as vying for the Golden and Silver Bears, six of which were announced in December 2015 and nine additional titles were revealed on Monday 11 January. The nine films are to have their world premieres during the Berlinale 2016.
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, the United Kingdom and the US.
Iranian filmmaker, screenwriter and actor Haghighi is no stranger to the Berlinale. In 2012, his comedy drama Modest Reception (2012) won the NETPAC Prize for Best Asian Film at the Berlin International Film Festival 2012.
Among other significant films by Haghighi is Men at Work (2006), a comedy that won him the Best Screenwriter Award at the Asian Film Festival in 2007.
Scheduled to run between 11 and 21 February, the jury of the 66th Berlin International Film Festival will be presided by American actress Meryl Streep.