Babak Najafi directs an episode of Banshee

Banshee directed by Babak Najafi

Babak Najafi isn’t an especially well known director. Born in Iran and emigrating to Sweden at the age of 11, he’s largely directed short films and documentaries. However, his feature debut Sebbe was best film at Guldbaggegalan and won him a gold bear at the Berlin Film Festival for best debut film.

So despite the episode itself being something of a departure for the show – a road trip of sorts encompassing life evaluations and musings on the nature of relationships, rather than its usual brutality and sex – it was somewhat surprising to see that Friday’s episode of Banshee, The Truth About Unicorns, was directed by Najafi. Certainly the look of it was something else altogether, a tour de force visually, as you can probably see in parts of the promo (some sligt spoilers for UK viewers, obviously) and from the picture above.

He’s up directing the next episode, Armies of One, too, but here’s hoping to much more TV exposure for Najafi, so he can enliven US TV with new ideas*.

* I should probably point out that Banshee is one of the most interestingly diverse shows on TV anyway, as it stars a New Zealander (Antony Starr), a Dane (Ulrich Thomsen), a Korean-American (Hoon Lee), two African-Americans (Demetrius Grosse, Frankie Faison), a Yugoslavian/Sarajevan-American (Ivana Milicevic), a Brit (Ben Cross) and a Filipino-Chinese-Spanish-German-Scottish-American (Anthony Ruiviar), and is set in a town with significant nearby populations of Native Americans and Amish, as well as Ukrainians (now). Good work guys.

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  • Lisa

    I unfortunately saw the London is Fallen trailer to this disgusting filthy movie showing all of London's stunning historical monuments being blown up and now after the attack in Paris -Cannot believe the British or any country will allow this ugly sinful filthy film to be shown Najafi who goes under other names it seems is Iranian although he is described as being a national from a Nordic country.. What a filthy monster he and all those involved in this evil piece of garbage it is disgusting Ban it, don't see it, boycott unless you are a jihadi terrorist who would be be gleeful watching the utter destruction of a beautiful city. All the writers, producers, directors should be ashamed of themselves getting into this movie for production. May the Lord and Higher Power bring you the punishment you all deserve for the sin of making this disgusting film. May it be banned and fail. Shame on all of you involved including Butler and the rest.. Have you no shame??? And shame on any country that distributes and shows this movie. Gee, an Iranian director doing a film about the destruction of Britain and Europe in graphic detail. Really? The British will allow this??? You should be sued for showing the trailer..I never wanted to see this nor my family and friends who were there to see another movie. We were disgusted. How dare you foist this on unsuspecting people at the theater?? Take this film down, ban it! It was made by the Devil.

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