Berlin 2014: European Shooting Stars Announced
The stars of "Waltz for Monica," "Kon-Tiki," "How I Live Now" and "Beyond the Hills" are among the selected up-and-coming European actors to be feted at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival.
The 2014 Shooting Stars – the showcase of Europe's top 10 best young actors that takes place at the Berlin International Film Festival – includes the leads of some of Europe's most commercially and critically successful features of the past year.
Sweden's Edda Magnason, whose near-perfect reenactment of legendary Swedish jazz singer Monica Zetterlund in local box office hit Waltz for Monica, has made the Shooting Stars cut, as has Romanian actress Cosmina Stratan, whose debut performance in Cristian Mungiu's Beyond the Hills won her the best actress honor (together with co-star Cristina Flutur) in Cannes in 2012.
Norwegian actor Jakob Oftebro, whose credits include the Oscar-nominated Kon-Tiki as well as hit Scandinavian series The Bridge and Lilyhammer, is among this year's Shooting Stars together with Danish actress Danica Curcic (On the Edge), Germany's Maria Dragus (Summer Outside), Dutch actor Marwan Kenzari (Wolf) and Miriam Karlkvist of Italy (South is Nothing).
In addition to Stratan, Eastern European talent is represented by Polish actor Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, whose credits include Malgorzata Szumowska's gay love story In The Name of... and Poland's Oscar contender Walesa: Man of Hope from Andrzej Wajda; as well as Nikola Rakocevic, the Serbian star of Srdan Golubovic's Berlinale Forum winner Circles.
Young English actor George MacKay, who recently appeared alongside Saoirse Ronan in Kevin Macdonald's thriller How I Live Now and with Peter Mullan, Jason Flemyng and Antonia Thomas in the musical comedy Sunshine on Leith from Dexter Fletcher, is the 2014 British Shooting Star. In a rarity for the Shooting Star event, no French or Spanish actors made the cut.
A jury of film professionals selected the 2014 Shooting Stars, who will be be presented to the international press, agents and producers on the first weekend (Feb. 8-10) of the Berlin Film Festival (Feb. 6-16).
Going into its 16th year, the Shooting Stars has proven to have a sharp eye for European break-out talent. Among the future Hollywood players first celebrated at the event include Daniel Craig, Kelly MacDonald, Daniel Bruhl, Carey Mulligan and Bill Skarsgard.