European Film Promotion announces the selection of ten up-and-coming actors that will be honored at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival.
This is the 21st year of the European Shooting Stars honor. A jury of five selects the actors.
This year’s ten promising stars have already proven themselves very talented. The group includes Matilda De Angelis of Italy, who starred in “Italian Race.” For that film, she was nominated for two David di Donatello awards for Best Actress and Best Original Song.
Alba August of Sweden starred in “Becoming Astrid,” as Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren. She is the daughter of Danish director Bille August, but is quickly proving herself as a talented performer.
The UK’s Michaela Coel stars in the upcoming film “Been So Long.” Prior to moving to the big screen, she has written and appeared in a number of television series and movies including “Black Mirror.” Her BAFTA-winning series “Chewing Gum” is based on a play she also wrote. And she has a small role in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
Norway’s Eili Harboe was a standout in this year’s Oscar entry, “Thelma.” While that film failed to make the shortlist for the Foreign Language Film, it has made a big impact along the festival route. It won a number of awards including Best Actress for Harboe in Mar del Plata.
Irakli Kvirikadze from Georgia stars in “Hostages.” This is the first year in which the Republic of Georgia has submitted a nominee for the Shooting Star, and Kvirikadze easily won over the jury. “Hostages” is also his feature debut.
Germany’s Franz Rogowski is a star of the stage, as well as the screen. His work in “Fikkefuchs” garnered attention from the jury, but his film “In Den Gängen” will be part of the Official Competition at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Matteo Simoni of Belgium is best known for the comedy series “Safety First.” Like some of the others on this list, he is also a regular star on the stage. His first leading film role in “Marina” earned him a Best Actor nomination at the Belgian Film Awards. His latest, “Gangsta,” will be out in January.
Jonas Smulders of The Netherlands has starred in several Dutch television series. He won the Golden Calf Award for Best Actor for the film “We Will Never Be Royals,” and his work in “Brothers” caught the attention of the jury here.
Hungary’s Réka Tenki has been in the spotlight for awhile as a popular actress on stage and screen. She has earned several awards over the years and was named one of Variety’s 10 Europeans to Watch” in 2017.
Swiss actress Luna Wedler is the youngest of the group. She commands attention for her starring role in the fantasy drama “Blue My Mind.”
European Shooting Stars began in 1998 as a way to bring attention to young actors. Eligible performers from all around Europe are nominated and selected. Former honorees include Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Alicia Vikander, Carey Mulligan, and Domhnall Gleeson.
The Berlin International Film Festival runs from February 15-25, 2018. For more information, visit the festival’s official website.