Shayad Vaghti Deegar (Perhaps Some Other Time) (1988) - Bahram Beizai

Country: Iran
Language: Persian

Bahram Beyzai (Director, Producer, Screen-writer and Editor) was born in Tehran, Iran on 26 December 1938. He was introduced to the world of art when he was still very young. In high school he wrote two historical plays which eventually became his preferred method of writing. He then entered University of Tehran, but did not finish his studies due to lack of interest in the subject he was studying.

It was then that he started researching Iranian theatre and epic literature. At the age of 21 he did an extensive research on the "Book of Kings" (Shahname) and Ta'azie which is Iranian traditional plays. He also studied the pre-Islamic history and familiarized himself with Persian painting.

The next ten years of his life were dedicated to writing in various publications about Eastern Art and Iranian theatre. He also wrote a good number of articles about cinema which later became the subject of one of his books. It is during this time that Bayzai wrote some of his masterpieces: "The Eight Voyage of Sinbad", "Banquet", "Serpant King", "Dolls", "Story of the Hidden Moon" and many more...

In 1968 he was one of the first ones to join the controversial Iranian Writer's Guild ( Kanun-e Nevisandegan-e Iran ). He started his film career with a successful short named "Uncle Mustache" (Amoo Sibiloo) in 1970. Immidetly after that he directed and produced his masterpiece "Downpour" (Ragbaar) with the late Parviz Fannizadeh as its main character.

Since then he has produced and directed 8 other movies and has made significant contribution to the development of cinema and theatre in Iran. Despite his popularity and knowledge, Bayzai has never been successful in gaining the support of the government, neither before nor after the revolution. After close to 20 years, two of his films "Death of Yazdgerd" and "Ballad of Tara" have still not been able to receive a screening permit. Both movies have been shelved due to the fact that they are not in accordance with the Islamic code currently in use in Iranian motion picture industry. "Bashu, the Little Stranger" was going to be his third film to be shelved. But it finally got a screening permit after the end of Iran-Iraq war. The movie is about a little boy who has lost his home and family to the war.

IMDB: How an unwell housewife makes heroic attempts to ascertain her own real identity.

This is a film for all those viewers who watch intellectually rich films after finding out more about directors as well as actors. If you are interested in watching a film which cannot be understood on first viewing, this is the film especially made for you. This is a film which you have been missing for a long time. At regular but brief intervals, "May be some other time" must be watched at least 4-5 times. I am saying so because of its artistic richness. The two important people related to this film :the veteran Iranian cinéaste Bahram Beyzai (killing rabids, ballad of Tara) and the talented actress Susan Taslimi (Bashu, Death of Yazdgerd) occupy a paramount place in the history of Iranian cinema. Mind you-Bahram Bayzai's films are absolutely unique. They cannot be compared to the works of other Iranian film makers such as Abbas Kiarostami, Mohsen Makhmalbaf or Dariush Mehrjui. "May be some other time"-a film title which should not be taken too literally. It does not connote anything which a lot of moviegoers should be susceptible to know. In this film there is an unwise display of suspicion by a befuddled documentary director, Mr. Modabber. The victim is his wife Kian who is experiencing tremendous mental anguish and psychological turmoil. Astute viewers will surely find similarities with the film "Marnie" directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Tippi Hedren. In "May be some other time", Bahram Beyzai addresses most fundamental, human issues like fidelity, identity, communication, belief, trust etc. Bahram Beyzai is one of the very few Iranian cineastes deft at theatrical arts. It is felt that his films have a feminist aura to them. "May be some other time" has numerous shades of documentary film too. It has been a long time that Bahram Bayzai has not made a new film. Only time will tell whether Bahram Bayzai would be able to direct a new film starring his regular actress Susan Taslimi who is now active in Sweden as a film cum theater director. It pains my heart and that is the reason why I would like to explicitly remark that is a great shame that almost all the films by Bahram Bayzai have not been distributed widely on DVD. What are the DVD labels like Artificial Eye, Criterion Collection, Kino, New Yorker Films or Facets doing ?


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Subtitle: English, Persian and Arabic

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