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SHOOTING STARS 2021

Martijn Lakemeier • Actor

"Acting is a craft, something you can practice"

by Ana Stanic

BERLINALE 2021: The young Dutch actor talks the beginning of his career, challenges and role-picking, as well as the directors he would love to work with

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Martijn Lakemeier has the distinction of being the youngest winner of a Golden Calf Award for Best Actor. He received the prestigious Dutch film award for his acting debut in Winter in Wartime [+see also:
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(Shortlist Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film, 2010). For the same role, he also won the Dutch audience award (Rembrandt Award). Since then, Martijn has landed roles in several successful Dutch films and TV series, such as the multiple award-winning The Marathon [+see also:
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(2012), The Secrets of Barslet (2012), It's All So Quiet [+see also:
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(2013), Ventoux [+see also:
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(2015), Yes I Do [+see also:
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(2015), Adios Amigos (2016) and Skógafoss (2017). In the Netherlands, he is well-known for his role in the most critically acclaimed Dutch TV series in years, Dutch Hope, which won the Golden Calf for Best TV Series and was the Dutch entry for the International Emmy Awards in 2015. He played in the French film To the Top [+see also:
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opposite French star Kev Adams and had a guest role on the web-series Blackpills, produced by Bryan Singer and Luc Besson, and directed by Mateo Guez. Next up is Doodstil, directed by Willem Gerritsen and The East [+see also:
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directed by Jim Taihuttu, in which he is cast in the lead opposite Marwan Kenzari.

Now selected for the 2021 Shooting Stars, the young Dutch actor talks the beginning of his career, challenges and roles, as well as picking Xavier Dolan as a director he would love to work with.

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