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SHOOTING STARS 2016

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EFP unveils the 2016 European Shooting Stars

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- Ten of the most promising young actors in Europe, selected by European Film Promotion, will be presented at the opening weekend of the 66th Berlinale

EFP unveils the 2016 European Shooting Stars
(l-r) Martha Canga Antonio, Tihana Lazović, Lou de Laâge, Jella Haase, María Valverde, Atli Óskar Fjalarsson, Sara Serraiocco, Reinout Scholten van Aschat, Daphné Patakia, Kacey Mottet Klein

European Film Promotion (EFP) has just announced its list of ten talented actors selected for the 2016 Shooting Stars during the upcoming edition of the Berlin International Film Festival. As is the case every year, this showcase of promising young stars from all over Europe has been chosen by a jury of industry experts from among the names on the shortlist of nominees presented to the EFP, and they will be introduced to the film world during the opening weekend of the 66th Berlinale.

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Among this year’s selection we find Belgian actress Martha Canga Antonio (profile), who has been nominated for her incredible role in Black [+see also:
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by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, a contemporary take on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. After winning Best Actress at the 2015 Pula Film Festival and the Cottbus Film Festival for her role in Dalibor Matanic's The High Sun [+see also:
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, Croatian actress Tihana Lazović (profile) has also made it onto the list. Nominated on two occasions by the French Academy Awards for her early roles, French actress Lou de Laâge (profile) has also been praised for her work in Piero Messina's directorial debut, The Wait [+see also:
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, and the French-Polish co-production Agnus Dei [+see also:
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Germany is sending Jella Haase (profile), nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 2014 German Film Awards, and who became famous in her own country for her performance in Bora Dagtekin's two Suck Me Shakespeer [+see also:
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films; she recently also played the lead role in Theresa von Eltz’s 4Kings [+see also:
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. Daphné Patakia (profile), already famous for her work in several major stage productions in Greece, has recently piqued the interest of the Greek film industry with her appearance in Yorgos Zois' Interruption [+see also:
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interview: Daphné Patakia
interview: Yorgos Zois
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. Meanwhile, Icelandic talent Atli Óskar Fjalarsson (profile), who started out as a dubbing actor at the age of 12, has burst into the international spotlight with his breath-taking role in the award-winning film Sparrows [+see also:
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by Rúnar Rúnarsson.

Sara Serraiocco (profile) is an award-winning actress in Italy, whose amazing performance in Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza's Salvo [+see also:
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earned her several awards. In the Netherlands, Reinout Scholten van Aschat (profile) has built up an important career in theatre, but he is best known for his lead role in Maarten Treurniet’s The Heineken Kidnapping [+see also:
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. María Valverde (profile) is a widely recognised figure in Spanish cinema thanks to films like Tengo ganas de ti [+see also:
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, but her most recent appearances in Hollywood blockbusters such as Exodus by Ridley Scott have brought her international success. Lastly, Swiss actor Kacey Mottet Klein (profile) rounds off the 2016 Shooting Stars selection; Klein made his film debut at the age of ten in Ursula Meier's Home [+see also:
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, and has since then forged an impressive filmography for such a young actor.

The jury of this edition was made up of casting director Rie Hedegaard (Denmark), producer Marta Donzelli (Italy), editor and critic Tobias Kniebe (Germany), director Constantine Giannaris (Greece) and actress Anamaria Marinca (Romania). The Shooting Stars annual platform, which is now reaching its 19th edition with the financial support of the Creative Europe-Media Programme, has built up an impressive reputation over the last few years, discovering some of the most highly acclaimed young European talents, such as Aiste Diržiute (Lithuania) and Natalia de Molina (Spain) at the previous edition. The 2016 selection of newcomers will take part in different workshops and events with industry professionals, such as agents and casting directors, and the programme will conclude with a red-carpet ceremony where each actor will be presented with a European Shooting Stars Award.

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

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