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Niki Karimi


Niki Karimi (born on November 10, 1971) is an acclaimed and well known Actress in Iran. She was known as first superstar of Iran. She was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. Niki Karimi has been active in Theatrical groups since elementary school. At school she was not only interested in theater but also in writing and started her career by directing plays in school. She has been said that her early interest in film and literature inspired her to become an actress. She started her professional career when actor Jamshid Gorgin discovered her in a school play.






In 1989, Karimi started acting in cinema and won many national and International awards. She started acting in cinema with “The Temptation” by Jamshid Haidari. After that she appeared in “The bride” directed by Behrooz Afkhami in 1990 (It proved to be a breakthrough role) and “Sara” by Darioush Mehrjouii in 1991. For “Sara” an adaptation of Henrik Ebsen’s “The doll’s house”, she won silver shell for the best actress from “San Sebastian Film Festival” and the best Actress award from “Nantes Film Festival”. Then in the same year she went to USA to study designing.






She came back for acting in “Pari” by Darioush Mehrjouii n 1992. Niki Karimi has won many national and international awards such as San Sebastian film festival award for best actress.  She has also been on the jury for renowned film festivals, including the Locarno International Film Festival and Thessaloniki International Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival and also the 60th Cannes Film Festival. Pari, an adaptation of Salinger’s “Frani and Zooey” was a big success and it brought her the third Fajr Film Festival nomination for the Best Actress and she won many critics award for Pari.






In 1998 she appeared in “two woman” by Tahmineh Milani for whom she won” Taormina Film Festival award” and the fifth time Fajr Film Festival nomination. After that she acted in “The hidden half “by “Tahmineh Milani”. She won The Best Actress Award from “Cairo film Festival” for this film in 2001. In 2001, karimi made a documentary ” To have or not have ” which focused on couples who are suffering from infertility and also couples who decide not having a child from beginning. 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.






In 2002 she appeared in “The one flew over cuckoo’s nest” by Ahmadreza Motamedi and “The fifth reaction” which she won Award for the Best actress from Fajr Film Festival for both of them. She also made her first feature film “One night” which was in official Competition selection of “Cannes film festival” in uncertain Regard Section. ”One night” was selected for more than 58 festivals around the world.






Nominated at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival for her feature film directorial debut “One Night” in 2005, she said that acting no longer satisfies her and she would like to direct more movies. In 2006, She made her Second feature “A few days later …” Karimi made her second feature film, Chand rooze baad (A few days later), in 2007 which opened in Rome film festival. 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.






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’.






Three Women (2007), two Women (2007), A Few Days Later… (2006), The Fifth Reaction (Best Actress in Fajr Film Festival 2002), Gone with the Wind (2002), One Flew over Cuckoo’s Nest (in 2001 and as Best Actress in Fajr Film Festival 2002), The Hidden Half (in 2000 and as Best Actress in Cairo Film Festival 2001),Thousand woman like me (1999), The Burned Generation (1999), The Waiting Girls (1998), The Apple of Eve (1998), The Actor (1998), Two Women (in 1998 and as Best Actress in Taormina Film Fest 1999), Takhti (1997), Pshyco (1997), Minoo’s Tower(1995), Shadow-by-Shadow(1995), The Scent of Joseph’s Shirt(1994), Pari(1993), Sara(in 1992 and as Best Actress in San Sebastian film festival 1995 and also as Best Actress in Nantes Film Festival 1995), The Footsteps of the Wolf(1991), The Bride(1990), Temptation(1989).






Main Award of Mannheim film Festival for Best Film to Final Whistle by Niki Karimi (2012). Award of Musee Guimet Paris to Final whistle by Niki Karimi (2011). Award of Jury INALCO to Final whistle by Niki Karimi (2011).Vesoul film festival Award for best film for Final whistle directed by Niki Karimi (2011). Fajr film Festival Award for Best Actress for “One flew over cuckoo’s nest” 2002. Fajr film festival Award for Best Actress for “Fifth reaction” 2002. Cairo film festival Award for Best Actress for “Hidden Half” 2001. Best Actress in “House of cinema” In Iran for two women in 1999. Taormina film festival Award for Best Actress for “Two women” 1999. San Sebastian film festival Award for Best Actress for “Sara” 1995. Nantes film festival Award for Best Actress for “Sara” 1995.
Being Member of Juries in International Film Festivals






Prague film festival Czech Republic 2013, Abu dhabi film festiva Emirates 2012, Antalia film festival Turkey 2011, Dubai Film Festival Emirates 2008, Karlo veyvary film festival Czech republic 2009, Goa film festival India 2008, Vesoul film festival France 2008, Cannes film festival France 2007, Berlin film festival Germany 2007, Osian film festival India 2006, Reykjavik Iceland 2006, Izmir film festival Turkey 2006, Locarno film festival Swiss 2005, Damascus Syria 2004, Rennes France 2003, Middle East Lebanon 2003, Thessaloniki film festival Greece 2002.
Niki Karimi’s Family is living in England. She has got a sister Nazanin  , who is a lawyer and a brother Khashayar , who is studding psychology.
Source: Wikipedia