Announced on March 15, 2017
We are happy to announce that Niki Caro is the next panelist to join Women in Focus 2017.
Director NIKI CARO is one of the most successful filmmakers to emerge from New Zealand in recent years. After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Postgraduate Diploma in Film, Caro directed a number of highly acclaimed short films. Sure to Rise screened in in Competition in Cannes in 1994; and Footage at the Venice Film Festival in 1996. Her first feature film Memory and Desire was selected for Critics Week at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998. Her second feature film, Whale Rider, won twenty seven international awards, including audience awards at prestigious international film festivals including Toronto, Sundance, Rotterdam, San Francisco, Seattle and Maui. It won an Academy Award nomination for Keisha Castle-Hughes, then the youngest person ever to be nominated in the Best Actress category. Following the international success of Whale Rider, Caro directed North Country for Warner Bros. Charlize Theron and Frances McDormand were nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively at the 2005 Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, BAFTAs, Satellite Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards. After relocating to the United States, Caro directed Disney’s McFarland, USA, starring Kevin Costner. Her latest film is The Zookeeper’s Wife, starring Jessica Chastain. Focus Features will release the movie March 2017. Most recently Niki Caro has helmed the movie pilot for Netflix’ Anne, a bold and inspired new vision of the ‘Anne of Green Gables’ story. Anne will be released worldwide in 2017.
To help celebrate her joining us, we will be having a pre-release screening of her new film, The Zookeeper’s Wife, on Thursday, March 30 at 7 p.m. in the Folino Theater. Please join us!
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