Maisie Williams Among European Shooting Stars

Williams stars in British period drama 'The Falling'

The 'Game of Thrones' actress is one of 10 up-and-coming talents to be featured in Berlin next year

It seems Arya Stark is ready for her big-screen close-up.

British actress Maisie Williams, who plays the stroppy swashbuckler in HBO's hit fantasy series, has been named one of 10 European Shooting Stars, up-and-coming talents who will be highlighted at next year's Berlin International Film Festival

Williams was nominated for her performance in The Falling, a British drama from director Carol Morley (Dreams of a Life) in which she plays a troubled schoolgirl at an all-girls school in England, circa 1969.

Williams will be joined by a fresh-faced troop of hopefuls from across Europe for the 2015 Shooting Stars. These include Hera Hilmar, familiar to fans of Starz' Da Vinci's Demons, who proved her cinema credentials in Iceland's Oscar hopeful Life In a Fishbowl; and Sven Schelker, the star of another Academy Award contender, the Swiss period docu-fiction The Circle.

Joachim Fjelstrup, who features in Ole Christian Madsen's Danish 1960s period drama Itsi Bitsi, made the 2015 Shooting Stars cut, as did Germany's Jannis Niewohner (Sapphire Blue), Finnish actress Emmi Parviainen (The Princess of Egypt) and Abbey Hoes, star of Dutch drama Nena. The remaining Shooting Stars come from Ireland in the form of Patrick's Day actor Moe Dunford; from Spain with Natalia de Molina (Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed); and, from Lithuania, with The Summer of Sangaile actress Aiste Dirziute.

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The jury that picked this year's top 10 include Swedish actress Eva Rose (Maria Wern), Damon Wise, editor of U.K. film magazine Empire, Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska (Elles), Slovenian film producer Danijel Hocevar (Circles) and Nathalie Cheron, the French casting director of Luc Besson's Lucy.

“The Shooting Stars jury deliberated at length over what constitutes ‘star quality’ — that rare and special something that allows these actors to rise above their peers and to display not only impressive technical skill in their performances — but also something more,” said Szumowska. “We pored over showreels and past performances of young actors from all over Europe, and our discussions in Hamburg this month have resulted in what we think is a particularly strong year.”

The Shooting Stars program, which is run by Hamburg-based group European Film Promotion and runs on the first weekend of the Berlin Film Festival, has a strong track record. The program's alumni include Daniel Bruhl (Rush), Carey Mulligan (Drive), David Dencik (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Mr. James Bond himself, Daniel Craig.

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