Internationally renowned Iranian actress and filmmaker Niki Karimi’s Final Whistle has won top prize at Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival in Germany. Karimi’s acclaimed film received the Best Film Award of International section at the 61st edition of the festival.
The jury hailed the film and dedicated the first prize to it for visualizing the beauty of humanity impressively and skillfully.Featuring social and private life interactions, Final Whistle is about a documentarian couple who have their calm life disrupted. The movie went on many international screens and received three awards only at the 2012 edition of the French festival held in Vesoul. As Iran's only representative, Final Whistle swept the Best Director, Paris Institute of Eastern Languages, and France Young Jury awards of the festival. The film was also screened at the 8th edition of Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), the 2011 Busan International Film Festival, and the 22nd Festival of Iranian Films at Chicago's Gene Siskel Film Center. Karimi made her directorial debut with One Night in 2004 and her second film A Few Days Later (2006) premiered at Rome Film Festival. The 61st Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival took place from November 8 through 18, 2012. FGP/FGP