Niki Caro

Niki Caro is an award winning film director, producer and screenwriter who was born in Wellington, New Zealand. Her most significant film to date is Whale Rider from 2002. It was critically praised and won a number of awards at international film festivals. She went on to direct Charlize Theron in an Oscar-nominated performance in North Country. Caro graduated BFA from the Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland in 1988, and MFA from Swinburne University of Technology.

North Country (2005)

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A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States -- Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro
CAST:  Charlize Theron  •  Elle Peterson  •  Thomas Curtis  •  Frances McDormand

A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States -- Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro
CAST:  Charlize Theron  •  Elle Peterson  •  Thomas Curtis  •  Frances McDormand

Whale Rider (2003)

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On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro
CAST:  Keisha Castle-Hughes  •  Rawiri Paratene  •  Vicky Haughton  •  Cliff Curtis

On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro
CAST:  Keisha Castle-Hughes  •  Rawiri Paratene  •  Vicky Haughton  •  Cliff Curtis

McFarland, USA (2015)

A track coach in a small California town transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro
CAST:  Kevin Costner  •  Morgan Saylor  •  Ramiro Rodriguez  •  Maria Bello

A track coach in a small California town transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro
CAST:  Kevin Costner  •  Morgan Saylor  •  Ramiro Rodriguez  •  Maria Bello

42 One Dream Rush (2010)

An omnibus of 42 short films by auteur directors based on Dreams.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tadanobu Asano  •  Rinko Kikuchi  •  David Lynch  •  James Franco  •  Harmony Korine  •  Abel Ferrara  •  Kenneth Anger  •  Asia Argento  •  Jonathan Caouette  •  Leos Carax  •  Gaspar Noé  •  Jonas Mekas  •  Zhang Yuan  •  Taika Waititi  •  Chan Marshall  •  Charles Burnett  •  Mike Figgis  •  Niki Caro  •  Carlos Reygadas  •  Lou Ye  •  Yung Chang  •  Grant Morrison  •  Florian Habicht  •  Floria Sigismondi  •  Brian Butler  •  Sergei Bodrov  •  Larry Clark  •  Joe Coleman  •  Chris Graham  •  Michele Civetta  •  Zachary Croitoroo  •  Terence Koh  •  Marcus Griffin  •  Ryan McGinley  •  Rajan Mehta  •  Chris Milk  •  Charlotte Kemp Muhl  •  Dee Poon  •  Matt Pyke  •  Lola Schnabel  •  Mote Sinabel  •  Arden Wohl
CAST:  Tadanobu Asano  •  Paz de la Huerta  •  Chloë Sevigny  •  Rinko Kikuchi

An omnibus of 42 short films by auteur directors based on Dreams.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tadanobu Asano  •  Rinko Kikuchi  •  David Lynch  •  James Franco  •  Harmony Korine  •  Abel Ferrara  •  Kenneth Anger  •  Asia Argento  •  Jonathan Caouette  •  Leos Carax  •  Gaspar Noé  •  Jonas Mekas  •  Zhang Yuan  •  Taika Waititi  •  Chan Marshall  •  Charles Burnett  •  Mike Figgis  •  Niki Caro  •  Carlos Reygadas  •  Lou Ye  •  Yung Chang  •  Grant Morrison  •  Florian Habicht  •  Floria Sigismondi  •  Brian Butler  •  Sergei Bodrov  •  Larry Clark  •  Joe Coleman  •  Chris Graham  •  Michele Civetta  •  Zachary Croitoroo  •  Terence Koh  •  Marcus Griffin  •  Ryan McGinley  •  Rajan Mehta  •  Chris Milk  •  Charlotte Kemp Muhl  •  Dee Poon  •  Matt Pyke  •  Lola Schnabel  •  Mote Sinabel  •  Arden Wohl
CAST:  Tadanobu Asano  •  Paz de la Huerta  •  Chloë Sevigny  •  Rinko Kikuchi

Memory & Desire (1998)

Sayo and Keiji have eloped to New Zealand to marry, away from the interference of Keiji's disapproving mother in Japan. On their honeymoon, they have the freedom to express their love away from her repressive influence. However, on what should be the happiest of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro
CAST:  Eugene Nomura  •  Yuri Kinugawa  •  Brenda Kendall  •  Yōko Narahashi

Sayo and Keiji have eloped to New Zealand to marry, away from the interference of Keiji's disapproving mother in Japan. On their honeymoon, they have the freedom to express their love away from her repressive influence. However, on what should be the happiest of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro
CAST:  Eugene Nomura  •  Yuri Kinugawa  •  Brenda Kendall  •  Yōko Narahashi

Dark Stories: Tales from Beyond the Grave (2001)

Compilation of six short films from New Zealand: Eau de la vie Sure to Rise A Moment Passing Headlong The Imploding Self: A Journey Through the Life of Fergus McLafferty Bitch  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro  •  Anna Reeves  •  Simon Baré  •  Charlie De Salis  •  Simon Raby  •  Fiona Samuel
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Compilation of six short films from New Zealand: Eau de la vie Sure to Rise A Moment Passing Headlong The Imploding Self: A Journey Through the Life of Fergus McLafferty Bitch  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro  •  Anna Reeves  •  Simon Baré  •  Charlie De Salis  •  Simon Raby  •  Fiona Samuel
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Sure to Rise (1994)

April discovers an injured man on the beach and takes him to a makeshift community called Paradise. But can she protect him?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro
CAST:  Hester Joyce  •  Joel Tobeck

April discovers an injured man on the beach and takes him to a makeshift community called Paradise. But can she protect him?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro
CAST:  Hester Joyce  •  Joel Tobeck

The Vintner's Luck (2009)

A fantasy romance set in 19th century France. The film revolves around Sobran, a young peasant winemaker, and the three important figures in his life - his beautiful wife Celeste, baroness Aurora de Valday and an angel named Xas.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro
CAST:  Vera Farmiga  •  Keisha Castle-Hughes  •  Jérémie Renier  •  Gaspard Ulliel

A fantasy romance set in 19th century France. The film revolves around Sobran, a young peasant winemaker, and the three important figures in his life - his beautiful wife Celeste, baroness Aurora de Valday and an angel named Xas.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro
CAST:  Vera Farmiga  •  Keisha Castle-Hughes  •  Jérémie Renier  •  Gaspard Ulliel

The Zookeeper's Wife (2017)

The account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro
CAST:  Jessica Chastain  •  Daniel Brühl  •  Johan Heldenbergh  •  Michael McElhatton

The account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro
CAST:  Jessica Chastain  •  Daniel Brühl  •  Johan Heldenbergh  •  Michael McElhatton

Mulan (2020)

When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Chinese Army to defend the country from Huns, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. She is spirited, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro
CAST:  Liu Yifei  •  Donnie Yen  •  Yoson An  •  Gong Li

When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Chinese Army to defend the country from Huns, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. She is spirited, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro
CAST:  Liu Yifei  •  Donnie Yen  •  Yoson An  •  Gong Li

Virgin, Whore, Saint (1990)

Three versions of a woman – bride to be (virgin), dominatrix (whore), and actress playing Joan of Arc (saint) – are shown. Each is dissatisfied with her place in the world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro
CAST:  Saskia Post  •  Lucia Nemaric  •  Kristina Schofield

Three versions of a woman – bride to be (virgin), dominatrix (whore), and actress playing Joan of Arc (saint) – are shown. Each is dissatisfied with her place in the world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro
CAST:  Saskia Post  •  Lucia Nemaric  •  Kristina Schofield

The Mother

A deadly female assassin who comes out of hiding to protect the daughter that she gave up years before, while on the run from dangerous men  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro
CAST:  Jennifer Lopez  •  Paul Raci  •  Joseph Fiennes  •  Omari Hardwick

A deadly female assassin who comes out of hiding to protect the daughter that she gave up years before, while on the run from dangerous men  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro
CAST:  Jennifer Lopez  •  Paul Raci  •  Joseph Fiennes  •  Omari Hardwick

Beautiful Ruins

Off the Ligurian Sea on the Italian Coast in the year 1962, an American actress comes to stay in a hotel, owned by the family of a young man named Pasquale, during the production of a major Hollywood film. In the present day, an aged Pasquale tries to find the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro
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Off the Ligurian Sea on the Italian Coast in the year 1962, an American actress comes to stay in a hotel, owned by the family of a young man named Pasquale, during the production of a major Hollywood film. In the present day, an aged Pasquale tries to find the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro
CAST: 

Callas

A biopic about the operatic star, Maria Callas.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro
CAST:  Noomi Rapace

A biopic about the operatic star, Maria Callas.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niki Caro
CAST:  Noomi Rapace