By Hadi Mohaghegh

Original title – Derno
International title – Vortex
French title – Le tourbillon de la rivière


In the wilderness, a driver stops for a boy standing in the road. The youth asks the driver to take him home.
During the ensuing journey, the boy tells the driver that while working in the garden he accidentally injured a snake with his sickle and needs honey to treat the wound. Once home, the driver promises to come back with the honey.
However, upon his return, the driver is confronted with some shocking news that irrevocably alters the course of his life and reveals the mystical connection between nature and humanity.



Hadi Mohaghegh
Mohammad Zarei
Razieh Taheri
Amir-Hossein Kheybarmanesh
Nobar Shahi Sogh
Rouhollah Barzegar


Written & Directed by – Hadi Mohaghegh
Director of Photography – Mansour Abd-Rezaei
Editing – Farshad Abbasi
Original Music – Mohammad Darabifar
Sound Designer & Mix – Hossein Ghourchian
Sound Recordist – Babak Niazi
Set & Costume Designer – Issa Kheybarmanesh
Make-Up Artist – Jalal Mousavi
Colour Grading – Saman Majd-Vafaei
Production Manager – Javad Ganji

Producer – Mojtaba Golparian

Festival Debut
World Premiere

Vortex Derno poster