A TRIBUTE TO NIKI KARIMI

This year we welcome special guest Niki Karimi to Australia. The award-winning Iranian actor, screenwriter and director is set to be a special guest of the Festival from 22 August – 01September, 2013. Niki Karimi is currently one of Iran’s top cinematic figures.

Born in Tehran she started her career as an actress since 1989 and has since then starred in numerous films.  In 1995 she was awarded the silver shell for best Actress in San Sebastian film festival and Nantes film festival award for Sara By Darioush Mehrjuii. She also won the best actress award for her performance in two women in Taormina film festival in Italy and in Cairo film festival in Egypt.

Karimi is also a photographer and a translator.  More recently, she has started her own directing careers with such films as One Night and Final Whistle.

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During her first ever visit to Australia, Karimi will be presenting her debut feature film One Nighta film that marked her first venture behind the lens following a successful career as an actor

Released in 2004, the film competed in more than 8 film festivals around the world, including the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.  Following the story of a teenaged girl hitchhiking through Tehran in the middle of the night, One Night portrays the little seen lives of Tehran’s prostitutes, runaways and night people. Despite its success in the international film festival circuit, the film was banned in Iran years after it was produced.

Karimi wrote an open letter the cinematic deputy of Iran’s ministry of culture and Islamic guidance in May 2007 questioning why her film had not been screened even after three years of its production date. Karimi is confident that the film will be screened in Iran one day.

One Night will screen on Saturday 24th of August at 4:00pm at Dendy Circular Quay and the film will be followed by a Q & A, where filmgoers will be able to quiz Karimi on her filmmaking process and the controversial themes explored in the film.

The actor/filmmaker will also be present for Q & A sessions following the screenings of Two Women (1998) and Final Whistle (2011).

Two Women, directed by Tahmine Milani, explores two best friends who end up leading very different lives when one is free to become a successful engineer while the other has to deal with the social confines set by her conservative family. Karimi starred in the film as Fershteh, one of the equally strong female characters in the story.

The film caused a worldwide sensation when it was released, was awarded Best Screenplay in Iran’s 1999 Fajr International Film Festival and was screened in the 2002 International Women’s Film Festival in Seoul.

Karimi featured in Final Whistle as the film lead actress as well as director and screenwriter. A drama about a documentarian couple who have their calm lives disrupted after discovering a young woman’s tragic fate, last year the film was screened at the 2012 Vesoul International Film Festival where it was awarded Best Director, Paris Institute of Eastern languages and France Young Jury awards.

Two Women will be screened on Sunday 25th August at 6:00pm and Final Whistle on Tuesday 27th August at Dendy Circular Quay.

During her stay, Karimi will also be conducting a practical directing workshops at the Sydney Film School on Thursday 29th of August at 5:30 pm.  For more information on this event please contact us directly at info@persianfilmfestival.com.

Karimi will also be screening one of her earlier films, A Few Days Later, at the Australian Film Television and Radio School on Friday August 30th followed by Q & A.  This is a free screening. Contact us directly at info@persianfilmfestival.com for more information.