Iranian born, German actress Narges Rashidi gained recognition for
playing Lolita in Daryush Shokof's “A2Z” (2006), for which
she also took home New York International Independent Film & Video
Festival's International Film Award. She also appeared in Shokof's
other films like “Venussian Tabutasco” (2004),
“Asudem” (2006) and “Breathful” (2007) as well
as in the American movies “Æon Flux” (2005) and
“Speed Racer” (2008). Her more recent and upcoming film
credits include “Must Love Death” (2009), “My Prince.
My King.” (2011), “Dating Lanzelot” (2011),
“Slave” (2012) and “Die Geisterfahrer” (TV).
Childhood and Family:
Narges Rashidi was born in Iran. She moved with her family to Turkey in
1987 and to Germany in the following year. After graduation, she
relocated to Berlin and studied acting. In 2005, she headed to Los
Angeles, California to attend the Master Class with MK Lewis.
Rashidi is married to Christian Straka.
Narges Rashidi made her screen acting debut in the German movie
“Venussian Tabutasco” (2004), opposite Azin Feizabadi and
Dirk Mayer. While honing her craft in Los Angeles, she landed a bit
part as pregnant woman in the American film adaptation of the animated
science fiction television series, “Æon Flux” (2005).
Directed by Karyn Kusuma and starring Charlize Theron as the title
character, the film was a commercial failure.
In 2006, Rashidi starred as Jack Taylor's girlfriend in the USA-German
drama film “A2Z,” directed by Daryush Shokof. The role
brought her the International Film Award for Best Breakthrough
Actress at the New York International Independent Film & Video
Festival in 2007.
Still in 2006, Rashidi reunited with Shokof for the American horror
film “Asudem,” which won the Genre Award for Best Feature
Film - Horror at the 2007 New York International Film and Video
Festival (NYIIFVF), and appeared as Leo's girlfriend in the
Swiss/German comedy film “Black Sheep” (“Schwarze
Schafe”), helmed by Oliver Rihs. In addition, she hit the German
television with a guest spot in the long running history series
“Die Geschichte Mitteldeutschlands.”
In 2007, Rashidi again worked with filmmaker Daryush Shokof for the
gangster/comedy film “Breathful,” where she starred
as Fuss, opposite Taies Farzan as Berta. The film won the International
Film Award for Best Director - Feature at the New York International
Independent Film & Video Festival. The same year, she also appeared
in an episode of the German crime TV series “KDD -
Kriminaldauerdienst” called “Fragen der Ehre.”
In 2008, Rashidi was featured as a Persian announcer in “Speed
Racer,” an American film directed and written by The Wachowski
Brothers and starring Emile Hirsch in the title role. It was a box
office and critical disappointment. The same year, she appeared as
Laura in the episode “Schicht im Schacht” of
“Schimanski.” She also played Prinzessin Tallulah on the
play “ Haltestelle Geister,” directed by
Beatrice Murmann, at the FU-Studiobühne Berlin, Germany. In
the next year, the actress played Isabel in Andreas Schaap's
“Must Love Death,” starring Sami Loris, Manon Kahle and
Jeff Burrell, Ayse in the German made for television movie “Engel
sucht Liebe,” opposite Yvonne Catterfeld, Max von Thun and Anja
Kling, and Narges in the short film “Meeting Laura.”
After playing Vina in the short “NOS” (2010), Rashidi
co-starred in Ciril Braem's “My Prince. My King”
(“Mein Prinz. Mein König”, 2011). She reunited with
director Oliver Rihs for the comedy film “Dating Lanzelot,”
which premiered at the Zurich Film Festival on September 30, 2011 and
is set to be released in German theaters on August 30, 2012. On stage,
she portrayed Torte in “Wie man Wünsche beim Schwanz
packt” (2011) at Berlin's Galerieetaqen.
In 2012, Rashidi guest starred in the long running crime series
“A Case for Two,” playing Ayshe in the episode “Mord
im Callcenter.” The crime/thriller movie “Slave,” in
which she appeared as a nurse, will be released in Czech Republic on
November 12, 2012. She is set to play Faiza in the upcoming TV
film “Die Geisterfahrer,” opposite Julia Dietze, Tobias
Moretti and Uwe Ochsenknecht.
New York International Independent Film & Video Festival: Best Breakthrough Actress, “A2Z,” 2007