Babak Bayat brought back to life in “Deadlock”

January 14, 2008

TEHRAN -- The Experimental and Documentary Film Center has recently completed shooting the documentary film “Deadlock”, a production highlighting musician Babak Bayat.

Directed by Mostafa Shiri, the documentary is currently being edited by Bahman Kiarostami for screening in the 26th Fajr International Film Festival, which will be held in Tehran from February 1 to 11.
Bayat’s family, friends and colleagues have been interviewed in the 80-minute film.
Shiri has also interviewed the celebrated filmmakers Bahram Beizaii, Masud Kimiaii, Ahmadreza Ahmadi, Sirus Alvand and Behruz Afkhami for inclusion in the documentary as it was Bayat who had composed music for their productions.
Known mostly for the many soundtracks he composed for Iranian films and TV series, Bayat died at 60 from liver failure in November 2006.
During the course of his career as a soundtrack composer, which began with Ali Hatami’s “Bald Hassan” in 1970, he composed music for over 90 Iranian films.
The soundtrack he made for Behruz Afkhami’s “The Bride” brought him the Best Music Crystal Simorgh at the Fajr International Film Festival in 1990.
Bayat’s lifelong friendship with Iranian contemporary poet, songwriter and playwright Iraj Jannati-Ataii inspired him to compose many songs such as “Underwater Shout” and “Ali-Konkuri”.