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European Film Promotion Reveals European Shooting Stars

Tihana Lazovic plays three characters in three different stories of the Balkan conflict in 'The High Sun'

LONDON — European Film Promotion has revealed the young actors selected as the 2016 European Shooting Stars. The 10 talented thesps, who were selected by a jury of industry experts, will be presented to the movie world during the opening weekend of the 66th Berlin Film Festival.

The Shooting Stars are Martha Canga Antonio (Belgium), Tihana Lazovic (Croatia), Lou de Laage (France), Jella Haase (Germany), Daphne Patakia (Greece), Atli Oskar Fjalarsson (Iceland), Sara Serraiocco (Italy), Reinout Scholten van Aschat (The Netherlands), Maria Valverde (Spain), and Kacey Mottet Klein (Switzerland).

Former Shooting Stars include Daniel Bruhl, Alicia Vikander and Maisie Williams.

The jury was composed of Romanian actor Anamaria Marinca, Italian producer Marta Donzelli, Greek film director Constantine Giannaris, German film editor and critic Tobias Kniebe, and Danish casting director Rie Hedegaard.

At the Berlinale, the 10 selected actresses and actors will take part in a weekend of profile-raising workshops and events alongside members of the International Casting Directors Network (ICDN), agents and filmmakers. They will also attend interviews and photo-shoots with international media. The program of events will conclude with the red carpet awards ceremony at the Berlinale Palast.

JURY COMMENTS:
Martha Canga Antonio (Belgium)
“In ‘Black,’ a story about gang violence in Brussels’ notorious Molenbeek neighborhood, Martha gives an extraordinary debut as a modern Juliet. In her very first role, she already shows great timing, courage and determination, and a natural acting ability.”

Tihana Lazovic (Croatia)
“Playing three characters in three different stories of the Balkan conflict in ‘The High Sun,’ Tihana carries all the emotions of love and hatred in her raw, forceful screen presence. We saw an instinctive, versatile actress who embodied the film’s life-affirming humanity.”

Lou de Laage (France)
“In ‘The Wait,’ Lou plays a young woman who is unaware of her ability of bringing solace to a family struck by tragedy. She is graceful, luminous, subtle and very affecting in telling this story of quiet self-affirmation.”

Jella Haase (Germany)
“When it comes to playing outspoken, rebellious and slightly trashy characters with a heart of gold, Jella has German audiences at her feet – as witnessed again in ‘4 Kings.’ Now we can’t wait to see her apply that joyful energy in new, challenging and unexpected ways.”

Daphne Patakia (Greece)
“A charismatic presence on the screen, Daphne convinced the jury with her extraordinary focus, her air of mystery and her willingness to express extreme emotions in astonishing ways.”

Oskar Fjalarsson (Iceland)
“Atli convinced us with his generous, poetic yet contained performance in ‘Sparrows.’ Playing a sensitive boy caught in a cold and harsh environment, he showed us a new and refreshing take on the role of the quiet dreamer.”

Sara Serraiocco (Italy)
“As a girl who has to fight for her dreams, Sara shines brightly in the coming-of-age story ‘Chlorine.’ We were impressed by her strong screen appearance and effortless physicality, and we admire the integrity that grounds all her performances.”

Reinout Scholten van Aschat (The Netherlands)
“Often filmed all alone in Norway’s Finnmark wilderness, Reinout affirms himself as the magnetic center of the philosophical adventure story ‘Beyond Sleep.’ In a riveting performance, he walks the delicate line between lucidity and madness.”

Maria Valverde (Spain)
“The camera just loves her extraordinary, unconventional face, and Maria has the talent for a great career. She is able to capture emotion effortlessly. International audiences received an exciting glimpse of this in Ridley Scott’s ‘Exodus,’ and now we look forward to her new endeavors.

Kacey Mottet Klein (Switzerland)
“Although the youngest of this year’s Shooting Stars, Kacey is already an experienced actor, having made his screen debut at the age of 10. In ‘Keeper,’ he crosses into adulthood, not only portraying a troubled yet tender adolescent, but also showing a firm and very mature command of his craft.”

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