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SHOOTING STARS 2015

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European Shooting Stars will shine brightly at Berlin

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- European Film Promotion is presenting a showcase featuring ten up-and-coming European actors

European Shooting Stars will shine brightly at Berlin

With the presentation of the European Shooting Stars at the Berlin International Film Festival, Hamburg-based European Film Promotion provides an annual platform to showcase the talents of up-and-coming young actors who have already been recognised in their home countries. This year, an international jury has chosen ten newcomers who will follow in the footsteps of previous Shooting Stars, such as Daniel Craig, Daniel Brühl and Elio Germano. 

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Already a rising star in Germany, Jannis Niewöhner (profile) played the lead in the best-selling fantasy time-travel adventures Ruby Red [+see also:
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and Sapphire Blue [+see also:
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. The Finnish-German co-production The Girl King by Mika Kaurismäki marks his debut in an international feature. Meanwhile, Swiss actor Sven Schelker (profile) already put in an impressive appearance at the Berlinale 2014 in the prize-winning drama The Circle [+see also:
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by Stefan Haupt, which is also competing for the Academy Award for Best Foreign-language Film. Great Britain is sending 17-year-old Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams (profile) to Berlin, where she will have a chance to catch up with her Irish co-star Moe Dunford (profile) from HBO's hit TV series. 

Icelandic actress Hera Hilmar (profile) has already received a Special Mention for her role as a single mother in Life in a Fish Bowl [+see also:
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by Baldvin Z, which is another entry for the Foreign-language Oscar. Her Finnish colleague Emmi Parviainen (profile) also put on a convincing performance as a single mother in the feature debut Princess of Egypt [+see also:
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by Jan Forsström, which received a lot of attention. Meanwhile, Danish talent Joachim Fjelstrup (profile) delighted audiences in his role as the 1960s rock star Eik Skaløe in the romantic biopic Itsi Bitsi [+see also:
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by Ole Christian Madsen. 

Abbey Hoes (profile) is an award-winning actress in the Netherlands, having snagged a Golden Calf for her title role in the drama Nena [+see also:
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by Saskia Diesing. In Spain, Natalia de Molina (profile) captured hearts with her first leading part in David Trueba's comedy-drama Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed [+see also:
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, which won her five awards. Lastly, Lithuanian newcomer Aistė Diržiūtė (profile) has a ticket for the world-renowned Sundance Film Festival, as she stars in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition title The Summer of Sangaile by Alanté Kavaïté. 

The ten talents have been selected by an international jury that includes actress Eva Röse (Maria Wern), British journalist Damon Wise (Empire magazine), Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska (Elles [+see also:
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), Slovenian producer Danijel Hočevar (Circles [+see also:
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interview: Nikola Rakocevic
interview: Srdan Golubovic
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) and French casting director Nathalie Cheron (Lucy [+see also:
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). In total, the EFP member states nominated 23 European newcomers from all over the continent. 

At the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, the Shooting Stars will participate in meet-and-greet sessions with international industry representatives such as agents, casting directors and filmmakers. Besides the networking events, they will give interviews to the international media. The most glamorous highlight will be the red-carpet ceremony at the Berlinale Palast and a special awards ceremony, followed by a reception.

For more information on the Shooting Stars, visit their website.

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