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SHOOTING STARS 2019

EFP announces the 2019 European Shooting Stars

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- Ten of the most promising up-and-coming actors from Europe have been selected to participate in special events at the upcoming Berlinale in February

EFP announces the 2019 European Shooting Stars

The European Film Promotion (EFP)'s European Shooting Stars programme – now in its 22nd year – will present ten of the best up-and-coming acting talents from Europe who have been deemed ready to step out into the international film scene by a jury of industry experts (see the news).

The selection includes Denmark's Elliott Crosset Hove (whose breakthrough role in Winter Brothers [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Elliott Crosset Hove
interview: Hlynur Pálmason
film profile
]
yielded him the Best Actor Award at Locarno and Vilnius, as well as a Robert, the Danish Academy Award), Estonia's Rea Lest-Liik (who impressed audiences with her role in November [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Rea Lest
film profile
]
), Germany's Emma Drogunova (who is just 23 years old and recently turned heads with her role in The Tobacconist [+see also:
trailer
interview: Emma Drogunova
film profile
]
), Iceland's Kristín Thora Haraldsdóttir (who starred in the Icelandic 2018 Sundance entry And Breathe Normally [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ísold Uggadóttir
interview: Kristin Thora Haraldsdóttir
film profile
]
), Ireland's Aisling Franciosi (whose credits include the TV series Games of Thrones and Legends, and the recent Venice competitor The Nightingale), Macedonia's Blagoj Veselinov (whose character depiction was one of the highlights of last year's multi-award-winning title Secret Ingredient [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Gjorce Stavreski
film profile
]
), Poland's Dawid Ogrodnik (whose credits include recent Polish hits Silent Night [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Dawid Ogrodnik
interview: Piotr Domalewski
film profile
]
, The Last Family [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Dawid Ogrodnik
film profile
]
and Life Feels Good [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
), Norway's Ine Marie Wilmann (who will soon be seen in the Sundance-selected Sonja - The White Swan, a biopic of Norwegian figure skater-turned-Hollywood actress Sonja Henie), Serbia's Milan Marić (who played the title role in the Berlinale-awarded Russian biopic Dovlatov [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Milan Maric
film profile
]
), and Sweden's Ardalan Esmaili (who turned heads with his work in last year's The Charmer [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ardalan Esmaili
interview: Milad Alami
film profile
]
).

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The event, set to take place between 8 and 11 February 2019, during the 69th Berlin International Film Festival, will introduce the five actresses and five actors to the film industry, public and international press, helping them to get in touch with casting directors, producers and filmmakers through one-on-one meetings, and an awards ceremony at the Berlinale Palast, where each actor will be honoured with the ESS Award donated by Leysen1855.

For the record, since the first edition of the initiative, backed by Creative Europe - MEDIA, took place in 1998, a total of 303 European Shooting Stars have been selected, including names such as Alicia Vikander, Matthias Schoenaerts, Domhnall Gleeson, Alexander Fehling, Ruth Negga and Pilou Asbæk, to name a few.

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