Original Name: Atabai
English Name: Atabai
Year: 2020
Run Time: 106 Min
Language: Persian, Turkish
Type (Colour/ Black & White): Colour
Country: Iran
Director: Niki Karimi
Producer: Niki Karimi
Cast: Hadi Hejazifar, Sahar Dolatshahi, Javad Ezati
Screenplay: Hadi Hejazifar
Cinematographer: Saman Lotfian
Editor: Hossein Jamshidi Gohari
Sound Designer: Alireza Alavian
Music Composer: Hossein Alizadeh
Costume Designer: Asghar Nezhadimani
Production Designer: Asghar Nezhadimani
Production Company: SilkRoad Productions
World Sales: AIFILMPRO
World Sales Phone: +98 9193708293
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  • Fajr FF 2020
  • Cambridge IFF 2021
  • Dhaka IFF 2922

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2015 Night Shift
  • 2011 Final Whistle
  • 2006 A Few Days Later
  • 2005 One Night
  • 2001 To Have or Not to Have (Doc)

Director’s Biography:

Niki Karimi

Niki Karimi is filmmaker, actress and producer. She began her work as an actress in Sara directed by Dariush Mehrjoui, that brought her the best actress award from San Sebastian IFF and Nantes FF in 1992. In 2001, she started film making by making a documentary To Have Or Not To Have. Her directorial debut One Night (2005) was screened at Cannes FF. A Few Days Later, Final Whistle and, Night Shift were also screened at acclaimed film festivals around the globe. Niki Karimi has been among the jury members at several acclaimed and prestigious international film festivals like –Cannes, 2007. She was also juror at Berlinale, Locarno, Karlovy Vary, Edinburgh, Thessaloniki, to name a few.


Atabai is a middle-aged architect who’s been back from Tehran to his home village in Azerbaijan province. Due to his social class and ethnicity, he has gone through failure in love as a young university student. Since then, by bringing prosperity to his village, he has found respect and dignity among the ones who love him. Yet, his sister’s suicide after her forced marriage at the age of 15 keeps haunting him. He takes care of his nephew, Aidin and a garden as two precious legacies of his sister. Despite being busy and successful with his work, Atabai feels lonely and scared to confront love again.