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SHOOTING STARS 2013 selected


Mikkel Boe F¢lsgaard, Denmark

Laura Birn, Finland

Christa Theret, France

Saskia Rosendahl, Germany

Luca Marinelli, Italy

Arta Dobroshi, Republic of Kosovo

Ada Condeescu, Romania

Jure Henigman, Slovenia

Nermina Lukač, Sweden

Carla Juri, Switzerland

Mikkel Boe F¢lsgaard, Denmark

Laura Birn, Finland

Christa Théret, France

Saskia Rosendahl, Germany

Luca Marinelli, Italy

Arta Dobroshi, Republic of Kosovo*

Ada Condeescu, Romania

Jure Henigman, Slovenia

Nermina Lukač, Sweden

Carla Juri, Switzerland

European Film Promotion (EFP) today announces the 10 exceptional young European actors selected as the 2013 SHOOTING STARS to be showcased February 9 - 11 at the 63rd Berlinale. A jury of international industry professionals chose the talent for their outstanding work in feature films and their potential ability to expand their careers on the world's acting stage. EFP member organisations originally submitted 27 candidates for final selection.

EFP's annual talent platform SHOOTING STARS - Europe's Best Young Actors - is financially supported by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union, and the participating EFP members. Furthermore the project is supported by its cooperation partners.

*This designation is without prejudice to position on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.


Jury’s comment:

We are unanimously impressed by this new generation of European actors and the level of nominees. It is a perfect mix between astonishing newcomers and talents we had already seen before, but who have taken their careers to a new level this year. The selection process was not easy and we had tough choices to make. However, we are sure of one thing: our final choice will cast the spotlight on true artists who deserve this exposure. We are very curious to see how their careers develop in the future.

The SHOOTING STARS 2013 will attend a three-day programme of events during the Berlinale that includes one-on-one interviews with international Casting Directors, various presentations to the world’s film industry, a press conference, photoshoots and a workshop. The programme culminates in a glitzy awards ceremony where each of the talent will be honoured by the Berlinale with the SHOOTING STARS Award - presented by TESIRO – on the main festival stage. 

Following in the footsteps of former SHOOTING STARS including Alicia Vikander, Carey Mulligan, Mélanie Laurent, Zrinka Cvitešić, Domhnall Gleeson, Elena Anaya and Moritz Bleibtreu the annual event, now in its 16th year, aims to support and champion young European actors and provides them with professional contacts to help take them to the next big step in their international careers.  

DENMARK: Mikkel Boe Følsgaard

Nominated by Danish Film Institute

© Nicolas Tobias Følsgaard


Selected Films:
A Royal Affair (En kongelig affære) by Nikolaj Arcel (Denmark 2012)
The Keeper of the Lost Causes (Kvinden I Buret) by Mikkel Nørgaard (Denmark 2013)

Jury’s comment:  
Seeing him in A Royal Affair, one instantly knows that he can play any part. For his first role, he is simply breathtaking, taking care of every detail, showing incredible physical adeptness. We never see him creating emotions, they are just there. Like a miracle.

FINLAND: Laura Birn
Nominated by Finnish Film Foundation

©  Kia and Henrik Karlberg


Selected Films:
Purge (Puhdistus) by Antti Jokinen (Finland 2012)   
Naked Harbour (Vuosaari) by Aku Louhimies (Finland 2012)
August Fools (Mieletön Elokuu) by Taru Mäkelä (Finland, 2013)

Jury’s comment: 
Laura Birn delivered a very complex performance in Purge. The choices of her character in the course of the film were hard to accept, but, through her performance, we were able to accept and understand why the character behaved as she did.”

FRANCE: Christa Théret
Nominated by uniFrance Films

© Carole Bellaiche / H&K 


Selected Films:
La Brindille (Twiggy) by Emmanuelle Millet (France 2011)
Renoir by Gilles Bourdos (France 2012)
Freeway (Voie Rapide) by Christophe Sarh (France 2011)

Jury’s comment: 
We loved the maturity of her interpretation in La Brindille. She is a very precise actress, who is able to go very deep and avoid the easy trap of acting too sentimentally. She offers a shining mix of fragility, melancholy and charisma.


GERMANY: Saskia Rosendahl
Nominated by German Films

© Peter Hartwig 


Selected Films:
Lore by Cate Shortland (Germany, Australia, UK, 2011)
Happy Birthday (Zum Geburtsag) by Denis Dercourt (Germany, France 2013)

Jury’s comment: 
Saskia is able to transform herself and show an incredible range of emotions – without very much dialogue. She is a true natural talent and, with Lore, is making a phenomenal debut performance as she embarks on the transition from a child into a woman.”

ITALY: Luca Marinelli
Nominated by Istituto Luce Cinecittà

© Fabio Lovino 



Selected Films:
Every Blessed Day (Tutti santi giorni) by Paolo Virzì (Italy 2012)
Nina by Elisa Fuksas (Italy 2012)
The Solitude of Prime Numbers (La solitudine dei numberi primi) by Saverio Costanzo (Italy 2009)

Jury’s comment: 
His hypnotic innocent look – a major and rare quality for an actor – illuminates Every Blessed Day where his acting is very understated and unlike anything else we have seen.

Nominated by Kosova Cinematography Center

© L. Bejta 



Selected Films:
Three Worlds (Trois Mondes) by Catherine Corsini (France 2012)
Baby by Daniel Mulloy (UK 2010), short film
Lorna’s Silence (Le Silence de Lorna) by Jean Pierre & Luc Dardenne (France 2008)

Jury’s comment:
“In Three Worlds, this actress displays a wealth of warmth and humanity. Her sensitivity and smartness literally take over the big screen the minute she appears. An overwhelming performance.”

*This designation is without prejudice to position on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

ROMANIA: Ada Condeescu
Nominated by Romanian Film Promotion

© Strada Film 



Selected Films:
Loverboy by Catalin Mitulescu (Romania, Slovenia 2011)
Wolf (Lupu) by Bogdan Mustata (Romania, Germany 2013)
If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (Eu cind vreau sa fluier, fluier) by Florin Serban (Romania, Slovenia 2010)

Jury’s comment: 
In Loverboy Ada Condeescu gives an impressive performance: sensual, loving and convincing. The camera loves her without falling into vulgarity or voyeurism.

SLOVENIA: Jure Henigman
Nominated by Slovenian Film Centre

© Urska Kosir 



Selected Films:
A Trip (Izlet) by Nejc Gazvoda (Slovenia 2011)
Feed me with your Words (Nahrani me z besedami) by Martin Turk (Slovenia 2012)

Jury’s comment: 
The way he portrayed many emotions through his face is simultaneously, clear, precise and fascinating. In A Trip, he shows his profound skill in combining a broad range of emotions with jaw-dropping naturalness.

SWEDEN: Nermina Lukač
Nominated by Swedish Film Institute

© Amerisa Lukac 


Selected Films:
Eat Sleep Die (Äta Sova Dö) by Gabriela Pichler (Sweden 2012)

Jury’s comment: 
She carries the movie on her shoulders. We are so impressed by the performance she gives us in Eat Sleep Die that we are already dying to see more of her. We believe the truthfulness of her character at every point, and this instantly creates a deep empathy that lasts for the whole film.”

Nominated by Swiss Film

© Christoph Köstlin


Selected Films:
Someone Like Me (Eine wen iig, dr Dällebach Kari) by Xavier Koller (Switzerland 2012)                                              
Fossil by Alex Walker (UK 2012)
180˚ by Cihan Inan (Switzerland, Germany 2010)

Jury’s comment: 
She has a real talent for portraying people with secrets. Her seductively romantic face hides a fascinating ability for surprising audiences by never letting them guess what her character is going to do.

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