Shooting Stars touches down for 10th year

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BERLIN -- European Film Promotion celebrated a decade of bringing up-and-coming European talent to an international audience with its annual Shooting Stars luncheon here Monday.

The Shooting Stars has become a must attend for industry scouts looking for the next breakout talent.

While being named a shooting star is hardly a guarantee of international success, during the past 10 years, the EFP has introduced such then-unknowns as Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Ludivine Sagnier and Daniel Bruhl to the rest of the world.

The 2007 event was hosted by German acting veteran Kai Wiesinger ("The Comedian Harmonists") who introduced the 21 fresh faces from across the continent.

For the first time this year, the Shooting Stars also included talent from new European Union member countries Poland, Romania and Slovakia.

Despite the hype surrounding the Shooting Stars -- the luncheon at Berlin's Kaisersaal was chock-a-block with paparazzi and camera teams -- the talent on display tried to keep their expectations realistic.

"I just want to work, full stop," said U.K. Shooting Star Kate Dickie, who appeared in Cannes Jury Prize winner "Red Road." "I want to work internationally, and I'm just here to say, I'm open to anything."

Agents and producers interested in checking out this year's Shooting Stars can watch EFP's video interviews with the talent online at www.cineuropa.org.
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