Niki Caro, Director

As director and screenwriter, Niki Caro, is one of the most successful filmmakers to emerge from New Zealand. 

After completing a BFA at Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland, New Zealand as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Film from Swinburne in Melbourne, Australia, Ms. Caro wrote and directed a number of highly acclaimed short films. Sure to Rise screened at the 1994 Cannes International Film Festival, and Footage was shown at the 1996 Venice International Film Festival. Her first feature film, Memory & Desire, focused on a Japanese married couple and was selected for Critics Week at the 1998 Cannes International Film Festival. It went on to win four New Zealand Film and Television Awards, including Best Film.

Her second feature film, Whale Rider, explored the Maori community of Whangara on New Zealand’s East Coast, and made an impact globally. Whale Rider was seen by millions of people and won over two dozen prizes around the world, including top honors at film festivals including Toronto (the People’s Choice Award), Sundance (the Audience Award), Rotterdam, San Francisco, Maui, and Seattle (Best Film). The film’s star Keisha Castle-Hughes received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, at the time the youngest nominee ever in that category.

Ms. Caro next directed North Country, a drama set in the U.S., on the Iron Range in Northern Minnesota. The film starred Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Sissy Spacek, and Woody Harrelson; Ms. Theron and Ms. McDormand were nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively, at the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, BAFTA Awards, Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, Satellite Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Awards, among other honors.

Continuing to strive to illuminate real lives and real communities on-screen, Ms. Caro directed the sleeper hit McFarland, USA, starring Kevin Costner. Set in California’s Central Valley, the movie followed an all-Latino cross-country team to victory.

She is currently completing directing Anne, a bold and inspired new vision of the beloved Anne of Green Gables story. The telefilm will commence a new Netflix series exploring the classic character of Anne Shirley, who will be portrayed by Irish-Canadian actress Amybeth McNulty, growing up in the 1890s.

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Video | Featurette: "Meet Antonina Żabińska"
Video | Clip: "Jan's Plan"
Video | Clip: "Stay Safe"
Video | Clip: "What's In Their Hearts"
news | Niki Caro and Jessica Chastain Talk with The Huffington...
Video | Director Niki Caro Spends Time with Hitfix
news | Director Niki Caro Opens Up to the LA Times
news | Time Looks into The Zookeeper's Wife
news | CNN Talks with Moshe Tirosh - a Child Protected by...
news | Jessica Chastain and Niki Caro Speak with NPR

“There are many ways that someone can be brave and strong. I think that Antonina shows that compassion is an incredible form of strength.”

JESSICA CHASTAIN
news | Diane Ackerman with The Huffington...
social | @dearphotograph Dear Warsaw, On the other side of these walls is...
social | @iddophoto Was very fortunate to take part in this...
social | @jessicachastain So much fun with this crew on @latelateshow...
social | @jessicachastain repost from @holocaustmuseumThe Germans...
news | Jessica visits the Today Show
news | The Zookeeper's Wife Premieres in Poland
bio | Jessica Chastain as Antonina Żabińska
social | Jessica and Johan visit the Zabinski's...
social | Jessica Instas from the Zookeeper's Wife premiere...
social | Day 13 | 10.12.15

“Jessica carries this elegance with her, reminding me of an actress from the 1930s or 1940s. Sometimes I would get transfixed by how perfectly she inhabited the period.”

Daniel Brühl
On Jessica Chastain
bio | Niki Caro, Director
bio | Daniel Brühl as Lutz Heck
social | Day 14 | 10.13.15

“Daniel is an actor of great charm who transmits intelligence on-screen in a way that is mesmerizing. But he could also show the menace that Heck was capable of.””

Jeff Abberley, Producer
On Daniel Brühl
social | Day 15 | 10.14.15
bio | Johan Heldenbergh as Jan Żabiński
social | Day 18 | 10.17.15
social | Day 20 | 10.20.15

“Johan is dynamic, and can express so much with just a look. He is soulful.”

Jessica Chastain
On costar Johan Heldenbergh
social | Day 30 | 11.02.15
social | Day 33 | 11.05.15
social | Day 37 | 11.11.15
bio | Michael McElhatton as Jerzyk
social | Day 40 | 11.16.15
social | Day 42 | 11.19.15
social | Day 45 | 11.23.15
bio | Iddo Goldberg as Maurycy Fraenkel
social | Day 48 | 11.26.15
social | 11.27.16
bio | Efrat Dor as Magda Gross