For the 21st edition of European Film Promotion
(EFP)'s European Shooting Stars, this year's jury of industry experts has selected a list of what they deem to be 2018's ten most talented, up-and-coming actors from all over Europe, who will be presented to the film industry, public and international press during the 68th Berlin International Film Festival
(February 15-25, 2018). The group will take part in a dedicated workshop programme, rounded off by an awards ceremony at the Berlinale Palast on Monday, Feb 19.
The selection of outstanding young talent from Europe includes 23-year-old Eili Harboe, who stars in the Norwegian Foreign Language Oscar entry Thelma
. Fellow Scandinavian Alba August (24) has made a name for herself in various Swedish productions, the latest being the leading role of iconic Astrid Lindgren in Becoming Astrid
, which will be released in 2018. Multi-talented Italian Matilda De Angelis
(22) took the lead in Italian Race
, for which she gained two David di Donatello nominations - for Best Actress, as well as Best Original Song for the film's title song 'Seventeen' which she performs. Dutch Shooting Star Jonas Smulders already received a Golden Calf Award for Best Actor for his role in We Will Never Be Royals
in 2015 and convinced the jury with his performance in Brothers
. Georgia submitted a nomination for the first time this year, putting forward a young actor, Irakli Kvirikadze, who straight away won over the jury with his presence in Hostages
. And the youngest of the talented crowd, Luna Wedler (18) from Switzerland, totally captured the jurors' attention with her fearless performance in Blue My Mind
Among the more experienced actors selected is Réka Tenki from Hungary, a stage and film actor, has among other productions appeared in The Door
and last year's Golden Bear winner On Body and Soul
. Franz Rogowski has appeared in Victoria
, Happy End
and will be seen in a bunch of films including Radegund
by Terrence Malick and Berlinale entry In the Aisles
. Matteo Simoni has been seen in Marina,
and will shine in Gangsta
by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. Lastly, from the UK comes award-winning actress, playwright, screenwriter and poet Michaela Coel, best known for her BAFTA-winning hit-series Chewing Gum, which is based on her own play.
During the four-day event in Berlin (February 16-19), the ten actors will take part in a tailor-made programme of profile-raising workshops and meetings with experts and industry members, including the International Casting Directors Network (ICDN), filmmakers, producers and other industry representatives to foster their professional network. EFP's longstanding and prolific talent platform is financially supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme of the European Union and the respective EFP member organisations, and has proven for many to mark their launch into the international film scene, including Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Alicia Vikander, among many others.