t has been now more than twenty years that during the Berlin Film Festival European Film Promotion presents a fistful of young talents: European actors whom will be famous in few years, surely in their Countries, often also abroad. That it is what happened to Daniel Craig, Carey Mulligan, Alicia Vikander and Ruth Negga. The Shooting Star program has been a real springboard for extraordinary Italian talents such as Alba Rohrwacher and Elio Germano.
For the 21st edition of European Shooting Stars, this year`s jury of industry experts has selected a list of what they deem to be 2018`s ten most talented, up-and-coming actors from all over Europe, who are ready to step out onto the international film scene. They will be presented to the film industry, public and international press during the 68th Berlin International Film Festival (February 15 – 25, 2018). The group will take part in a dedicated workshop programme, rounded off by an awards ceremony at the Berlinale Palast on Monday, Feb 19, where each actor will be honoured with the EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS Award donated by Leysen1855. EFP`s longstanding and prolific talent platform is financially supported by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union and the respective EFP member organisations.
EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS 2018:
Matteo Simoni (Belgium)
nominated by Flanders Image/Belgium
GANGSTA by Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah
MARINA by Stijn Coninx
SUM OF HISTORIES by Lukas Bossuyt
Jury`s comment: "Matteo is full of life, impressing us with his wide range of skills and convincing us that he is able to master the seemingly impossible. His nuanced range of expressions allows him to explore both the dark humor and the drama that is playfully on display in GANGSTA, revealing a courageous determination."
Irakli Kvirikadze (Georgia)
nominated by Georgian National Film Center
HOSTAGES by Rezo Gigineishvili
TBILISI I LOVE YOU by Tamar Shavgulidze
Jury`s comment: "Irakli is a fresh talent, giving a truly impressive performance in HOSTAGES, an ensemble drama in which he shines, thanks to the emotional depth he displays. Still young, Irakli`s admirable skills as a trained actor allow him to express passion, anger and sensibility. He has a natural presence and his overwhelming energy combined with humble eagerness, makes him an undisputed `one to watch`."
Franz Rogowski (Germany)
nominated by German Films
HAPPY END by Michael Haneke
FIKKEFUCHS by Jan Henrik Stahlberg
VICTORIA by Sebastian Schipper
Jury`s comment: "Conquering our hearts and minds with his recent roles in films by Terrence Malick and Michael Haneke, Franz continuously impresses with his individuality and creativity. In the dark comedy FIKKEFUCHS, about a young man dealing with his own disillusionment, he delivers a truly authentic performance, by conveying the character`s complex and multilayered personality."
Réka Tenki (Hungary)
nominated by Hungarian National Film Fund
BUDAPEST NOIR by Éva Gárdos
ON BODY AND SOUL by Ildikó Enyedi
DIAMOND CLUB by Márton Vécsey
Jury`s comment: "With originality and generosity, Réka balances her performance skills to breathe life into the mystery at the heart of BUDAPEST NOIR. Her passionate performance in front of the camera gives her a shimmering coolness that exudes confidence. Effortlessly capturing the moment, she impressed the jury with a subtle liveliness and a stand-out performance."
Matilda De Angelis (Italy)
nominated by Istituto Luce Cinecittà
ITALIAN RACE by Matteo Rovere
RECKLESS by Marco Ponti
A FAMILY by Sebastiano Riso
Jury`s comment: "Is there anything she can`t do? Actor, singer and musician Matilda De Angelis left the jury stunned, playing the strong, young driver in ITALIAN RACE. Full of life, and with a beautiful voice, even when she is not singing, she embodies strength and a natural screen presence. The way the camera brings forth her captivating performance is fascinating to watch."
Jonas Smulders (The Netherlands)
nominated by EYE International/The Netherlands
BROTHERS by Bram Schouw
WE WILL NEVER BE ROYALS by Mees Peijnenburg
A GOOD LIFE by Aaron Rookus
Jury`s comment: "In BROTHERS, a coming-of-age story, Jonas gives an extraordinarily subtle performance, portraying a young man emerging from the shadow of his older brother. With an impulsive personality and a bright openness, Jonas brings heart and warmth to his character. He is utterly impressive in the way he embraces the human tenderness of his character, with a clear sense of what it means to be `in the moment.`"
Eili Harboe (Norway)
nominated by Norwegian Film Institute
THELMA by Joachim Trier
THE ASH LAD IN THE HALL OF THE MOUNTAIN KING by Mikkel Brænne Sandemose
KISS ME YOU FUCKING MORON by Stian Kristiansen
Jury`s comment: "Embodying the fresh-faced, titular student in Joachim Trier`s latest, critically-acclaimed outing THELMA, Eili shows a fascinating and impressive range as an actor, which really impressed the jurors. She bravely allows us insight into a character who seeks personal freedom, whilst attempting to escape from a strict upbringing. With skill far beyond her years, she combines a haunting vulnerability with a luminous and striking expression of mystery and inner strength."
Alba August (Sweden)
nominated by Swedish Film Institute
BECOMING ASTRID by Pernille Fischer Christensen
RELIANCE by William Olsson
IRL by Erik Leijonborg
Jury`s comment: "With an abundance of intuition and curiosity, Alba won over the jury with her convincing portrayal of the real-life writer, Astrid Lindgren, in BECOMING ASTRID, ably depicting her from an early age. Alba`s performance on screen is as sensible and deep as it is unpredictable, imbuing the character with an inner life that allows us to explore the woman behind the writer."
Luna Wedler (Switzerland)
nominated by Swiss Films
BLUE MY MIND by Lisa Brühlmann
AMATEUR TEENS by Niklaus Hilber
MIDNIGHT RUNNER by Hannes Baumgartner
Jury`s comment: "Bursting onto the scene with a fearless performance in BLUE MY MIND, Luna Wedler stands tall as a spontaneous and bold actor. She embodies an on-screen presence that is breathtaking and intense, leaving us with the impression that she has a natural ability to express strong emotions, without the need for a safety net. Although the youngest of this year`s European Shooting Stars, Luna has already proven herself to be a confident voice of the future."
Michaela Coel (United Kingdom)
nominated by British Council
BEEN SO LONG by Tinge Krishnan
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI by Rian Johnson
MONSTERS: DARK CONTINENT by Tom Green
Jury`s comment: "The energetic and fascinating Michaela Coel blew the jury away in every one of her scenes in the musical comedy BEEN SO LONG. Bold and entirely genuine, she is wholly in control of her character and has a completely natural way of combining musicality and comedy with poetic tenderness, in an utterly explosive performance."
The EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS 2018 are supported by the following EFP member organisations: British Council, EYE International (The Netherlands), Flanders Image (Belgium), Georgian National Film Center, German Films, Hungarian National Film Fund, Istituto Luce Cinecittà (Italy), Norwegian Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute and Swiss Films.