Niki Karimi, born November 10, 1971 in Tehran, is an Iranian actress, director, and screenwriter.
She was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. She has been active in theater since her early age at elementary school. Niki Karimi started her professional acting career when she was discovered by actor Jamshid Gorgin in a school play.
The breakthrough role for Niki Karimi was that she was cast as a young bride in Behrooz Afkhami’s blockbuster film in 1990. Here after she worked with many Iranian filmmakers, like Masoud Kimiai, Darush Mehrjui, Tahmineh Milani and many more.
Niki has won many awards nationally and internationally such as San Sebastian film festival award for best actress. She has also been on the jury film festivals such as 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.
As well as expanding her career as an actor, she wrote and directed “To Have or Not to Have” a documentary film in 2001 which was produced by renowned Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami. In the same year she won her first award as a director in Iran's Rain film festival for her work To Have or Not to Have.
At the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, she was nominated for her feature film directorial debut “One Night”, 2005.
Her third film as director, “Final Whistle”, 2011, won three awards at The Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema in Vesoul, France.
Niki Karimi was also been nominated for best actress in The Fajr Film Festival in 2011 for “I Am His Wife”, 2011, directed by Mostafa Shaysteh.
In addition to film activities, Karimi has also done some translating work. In 1999 she released her first translation work from English to Persian, Marlon Brando's biography “Songs My Mother Taught Me”, and later in 2005 “Intimacy” by Hanif Kureishi.
Niki Karimi's works:
Three awards at Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema
A Few Days Later
Script won the Rotterdam festivals Hubert Bals Fund
Screened at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival
To Have or Not to Have
I'm his wife
The Second Wife
A Few Days Later...
One Flew Over Cuckoo’s Nest
Ahmad Reza Motamedi
Best Actress in Fajr Film Festival 2003
The Fifth Reaction
Best Actress in Fajr Film Festival 2002
Gone with the Wind
The Hidden Half
Best Actress in Cairo Film Festival 2001
Thousand woman like me
The Burned Generation
The Waiting Girls
The Apple of Eve
Mohammad Ali Sadjadi
Best Actress in Taormina Film Festival 1999
The Scent of Joseph's Shirt
Best Actress in San Sebastian Film Festival 1995
Best Actress in Nantes Film Festival 1995