Niki Karimi

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Niki Karimi
Niki Karimi in Press Conference of Zendegi Jay e Digari Ast.jpg
Born (1971-11-10) 10 November 1971 (age 44)[1]
Tehran, Iran
Residence Tehran, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Occupation Actress, director, screenwriter
Years active 1989–present

Niki Karimi (Persian: نیکی کریمی‎‎) (born November 10, 1971 in Tehran) is an Iranian actress, director, and screenwriter.[2]


Niki Karimi and Sean Penn.

Niki Karim was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. She has been active in theater since elementary school, and has said that her early interest in film and literature inspired her to become an actress.

In 1990, she was cast as a young bride in Behrooz Afkhami's hit film The Bride.

Niki has won many awards nationally and internationally for " Sara " such as San Sebastian film festival award for best actress.[3] She has also recently been on the jury for more than 20 renowned film festivals, including Karlovy Vary Film Festival, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Locarno International Film Festival and Thessaloniki International Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival and also the 60th Cannes Film Festival. She was assistant of Abbas Kiarostami from 1992 to 2007.

Expanding on her career as an actor, she wrote and directed the documentary To Have or Not to Have (2001).

In 2001, she won her first award as a director in Iran's Rain film festival for her work To Have or Not to Have, which was produced by renowned Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami.[4]

Nominated at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival for her feature film directorial debut One Night (2005), she said that acting no longer satisfied her and she would like to direct more movies.[5]

In addition to film, Karimi has also done some translating work. In 1999 she released her first translation work, Marlon Brando's biography Songs My Mother Taught Me, which she translated from English to Persian. She also translated two books by Hanif Kureishi, Pakistani-English writer .

Her third film as director, Final whistle (2011), won three awards at the Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema in Vesoul, France.

She has been nominated for best actress award in Fajr Film Festival in 2011 for I Am His Wife (2011), directed by Mostafa Shaysteh.

She has been awarded recently by the jury of the Iranian Fajr Film ّFestival for her last film as best director, actress and producer. She also got a jury award for acting in two films, Wednesday, May 9 and Death of Fish.


As director[edit]

Year Title Notes
2015 Shift-e Shab Jury award at Iranian Fajr International Film Festival as best screenwriter, director and producer
2011 Final Whistle Three awards at Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema [1], Mannheim film festival award for best film
2006 A Few Days Later Script won the Rotterdam festivals Hubert Bals Fund
2005 One Night Screened at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival Un certain regard[6]
2001 To Have or Not to Have London International Film Festival

As an actress[edit]

Year Title Director Awards
2015 Wednesday, May 9 Jury diploma of honor for best actress in Fajr Film Festival (Iran)
2015 Death of Fish Jury diploma of honor for best actress in Fajr Film Festival (Iran)
2014 I'm his wife Mostafa Shayseh Nominated for best actress in Fajr Film Festival (Iran)
2007 Three Women Manijeh Hekmat
2007 Two Women Siroos Alvand
2006 A Few Days Later... Niki Karimi
2002 The Fifth Reaction Tahmineh Milani Best Actress in Fajr Film Festival (Iran) (2002)
2002 Gone with the Wind Sadra Abdollahi
2001 One Flew Over Cuckoo’s Nest Ahmad Reza Motamedi Best Actress in Fajr Film Festival (Iran) (2002)
2000 The Hidden Half Tahmineh Milani Best Actress in Cairo Film Festival (Egypt) (2001)
1999 Thousand woman like me Reza Karimi
1999 The Burned Generation Rassoul Molagholipour
1998 The Waiting Girls Rahman Rezai
1998 The Apple of Eve Saiid Asadi
1998 The Actor Mohammad Ali Sadjadi
1998 Two Women Tahmineh Milani Best Actress in Taormina Film Fest (1999)
1997 Takhti Behrooz Afkhami
1997 Pshyco Dariush Farhang
1995 Minoo's Tower Ebrahim Hatamikia
1995 Shadow-by-Shadow Ali Jakan
1994 The Scent of Joseph's Shirt Ebrahim Hatamikia
1993 Pari Darioush Mehrjouii
1992 Sara Darioush Mehrjouii Best Actress in San Sebastian film festival (1995), and in Nantes Film Festival (1995)
1991 The Footsteps of the Wolf Massoud Kimiaii
1990 The Bride Behrooz Afkhami
1989 Temptation Jamshid Heydari

As a screen writer[edit]

Year Title
2005 Escape
2001 Auto stop
2000 To Have or Not to Have

As a translator[edit]

Year Title
2005 Intimacy by Hanif Kureishi
1999 Songs My Mother Taught Me by Marlon Brando, Robert Lindsey

As a film critic[edit]

Karimi as one of the juries of 33th Fajr Film Festival, 2016
Year Title
2012 Member of Jury at Abu Dhabi Film Festival
2011 Member of Jury at International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival
2009 Member of Jury at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
2008 Member of Jury at Dubai International Film Festival
2007 Member of Jury at Berlin Film Festival
2007 Member of Jury at Cannes Film Festival
2007 Member of Jury at Durban International Film Festival
2006 Head of Jury at Reykjavik International Film Festival
2005 Member of Jury at Locarno International Film Festival
2005 Member of Jury at Thessaloniki Film Festival


See also[edit]


  1. ^ مصاحبه با نیکی کریمی
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b "Niki Karimi". Cannes Festival. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  4. ^ Niki Karimi :: Biography
  5. ^ Cannes Interview
  6. ^ "Festival de Cannes: One Night". Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  7. ^ a b "Niki Karimi - Awards". IMDB. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 


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