The Stockholm Festival’s Rising Star Award nominees have tackled some of the most challenging film roles in Scandinavian cinema. Actors such as Alicia Vikander (“A Royal Affair”) and Nermina Lukac (“Eat Sleep Die”) have previously been presented the award at Stockholm Film Festival.
Here’s a brief look at the six nominees:
Becker, born in 1998, made a sensational acting debut in Ester Martin Bergsmarks “Something Must Break,” a film that won the Tiger Award in Rotterdam earlier this year, pictured above. Becker was praised by critics for her interpretation of Sebastian/Ellie and his/her search of transgender identity.
After appearances in Mikael Marcimain’s “Call Girl” and Lisa Langseth’s “Hotel,” Fukamachi-Regnfors, born in 1984, plays the unreliable narrator Klas in the adaptation of Klas Ostergren’s “Gentlemen,” directed by Marcimain. Fukamachi-Regnfors was educated at the Academy of Music and Drama in Goteborg, and has taken acclaimed turns on the stage of the city’s renowned theater Backa.
Berg, born in 1986, first appeared in Mikael Hafstrom’s “Evil,” the boarding school drama nominated for a foreign-language Oscar in 2003. Since then he has acted in many Swedish features, most recently in Karin Fahlen’s “Stockholm Stories,” where he plays an upper class boy secretly in love.
Jankell, born in 1992, plays the title role in Amanda Adolfsson’s “Young Sophie Bell,” the second feature to come out of Stockholm Film Festival’s fund for female directors. Jankell made her debut as a 12-year-old and has despite her age played in several Swedish features.
Earlier this year, Malmborg, born in 1987 and educated at National Drama School in Malmo, had his acting breakthrough in Ester Martin Bergsmark’s “Something Must Break.” He also plays a key role in Adolfsson’s “Young Sophie Bell.”
Ragnarsson, born in 1992, had a role in Jan Troell’s 2006 “Everlasting Moments.” This year, Ragnarsson can seen in lead roles in several Scandinavian productions, among them Fahlen’s “Stockholm Stories” and “Itsi Bitsi,” by Denmark’s Ole Christian Madsen.