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European Film Promotion has unveiled its latest European Shooting Stars list of the top 10 young European actors and actresses picked every year as talents to watch.
The 2016 Shooting Stars are femme-heavy, with seven women and only three men picked by EFP’s jury of industry experts as the best up-and-coming acting talent Europe has to offer.
As every year, the Shooting Stars list offers an eclectic mix, combing box-office champs with art-house favorites and unknown fresh faces.
Among the better-known names on the list are Spanish actress Maria Valverde, who played Moses’ wife in Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings; Belgian actress Martha da Rosa Canga Antonio, star of local box-office hit Black; and Jella Haase, a German celebrity thanks to her role as a dumb blonde in the German comedy mega-franchise Suck Me Shakespeer.
Festival regulars will also recognize Dutch talent Reinout Scholten van Aschat, who earned best actor honors at the Netherlands Film Festival in 2013 for his starring role in Maarten Treurniet’s The Heineken Kidnapping and who also appeared in fest favorites Borgman from Alex van Warmerdam and Boudewijn Koole’s Beyond Sleep.
The French Shooting Star is Lou de Laage, a two-time French Academy Award nominee for most promising actress, for performances in Christian Duguay’s Jappeloup and Melanie Laurent’s Breathe. Italy’s talent base is represented by Sara Serraiocco, who won the Italian version of the Golden Globe for her debut performance in Cannes 2013 Critics Week winner Salvo.
Other 2016 Shooting Stars include Greek actress Daphne Patakia, known for Yorgos Zois‘ Interruption, which premiered in the Orizzonti sidebar of the 2015 Venice International Film Festival; Swiss actor Kacey Mottet Klein, who starred in Ursula Meier’s Home and Sister; Croatian talent Tihana Lazovic (Hush, The High Sun); and Icelandic actor Runar Runarsson (Sparrows, Jitters).
The 10 Shooting Stars will be presented to international agents and producers, as well as the film press, over the opening weekend of the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival, which is set to run Feb.11-21.
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