Niki Karimi

Niki Karimi
Niki Karimi

Niki Karimi
Born 10 November 1971 (1971-11-10) (age 39)
Tehran, Iran
Occupation Actress, Film director

Niki Karimi (Persian: نیکی کریمی), born 10 November 1971[1] in Tehran, is a multi-award–winning[2] Iranian actress and movie director.



Niki Karimi and Sean Penn.

Niki Karimi was born and raised in Tehran. She participated in theatrical work while she was in elementary school. Her hobby of reading and watching movies from an early age inspired her to become an actress. Her talent as an actress was found by the famous Iranian actor Jamshid Gorgin, while she was playing a role in a school play.

She loves translating and in 1999 she released her first translation work, Marlon Brando's biography Songs My Mother Taught Me in to Persian.

Niki is now an actress in Iran who has won several awards both at home and internationally.[3] She has also recently been in the jury for such festivals as the Locarno International Film Festival and Thessaloniki International Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival and also the 60th Cannes Film Festival.

In 2001, with Abbas Kiarostami as the producer she directed To have or not to have, a documentary about infertility. Her efforts won her first award as a director in "The Rain" festival in Iran.[4]

In an interview at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, where her motion picture directorial debut One Night was nominated, she said that acting no longer satisfies her and she would like to direct more movies.[5]


Niki has starred in over 20 movies in Iran, and has recently begun to direct her own.

As director

Year Title Notes
2006 A few days later Script won the Rotterdam festivals Hubert Bals Fund
2005 One Night Screened at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival[6]
2003 To Have or Not to Have

As an actress

Year Title Director Awards
2007 Three Women Manijeh Hekmat
2007 Second Woman Siroos Alvand
2006 A Few Days Later... Niki Karimi
2002 The Fifth Reaction Tahmineh Milani Best Actress in Fajr Film Festival (2002)
2002 Gone with the Wind Sadra Abdollahi
2001 One Flew Over Cuckoo’s Nest Ahmad Reza Motamedi Best Actress in Fajr Film Festival (2002)
2000 The Hidden Half Tahmineh Milani Best Actress in Cairo Film Festival (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 Behrouz 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),

Best Actress 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

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

As a translator

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

As a film critic

2007 Member of Jury at Berlin Film Festival
2007 Member of Jury at Cannes 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



External links

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