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Berlinale honors young actors

10 up-and-coming Europeans named Shooting Stars

European Film Promotion on Wednesday announced the 10 young thesps who will participate in the Shooting Stars program at next year’s Berlinale.

The group of actors hailing from across Europe was chosen from a list of 21 candidates and includes Ireland’s Robert Sheehan, who is set to star alongside Ben Barnes in Nick Hamm’s comedy “I Was Bono’s Doppelganger,” based on Neil McCormick’s autobiographical book; and Dutch actress Lotte Verbeek, who picked up the best actress prize in Locarno for her role in Urszula Antoniak’s “Nothing Personal.”

Also named were Croatia’s Zrinka Cvitesic (“Na putu”), the Czech Republic’s Krystof Hadadek (“3 Seasons in Hell”), Finland’s Pihla Viitala (“Tears of April”), Italy’s Michele Riondino (“Little Sea”), Norwegian Anders Baasmo Christiansen (“North”), Poland’s Agata Buzek (“Reverse”), Romanian Dragos Bucur (“Police, Adjective”) and the U.K.’s Edward Hogg (“Bunny and the Bull”).

The 13th Shooting Stars event runs during the Berlin Film Festival from Feb. 13-15. The young actors will be presented to filmmakers and industryites and the event culminates with the presentation of the Shooting Star Awards.

This year’s Shooting Stars jury consists of German producer Karl Baumgartner, U.K. casting director Leo Davis, Czech actress Ana Geislerova, Italian director Giuseppe Piccioni and Variety’s executive editor of features Steven Gaydos.

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