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French actor selected in the Shooting Stars EFP program spotlighting the best upcoming acting talent from around Europe

Nicolas Maury french shooting star was shot remotely by Fabian Raabe!

Shooting Stars recently all completed a “Distance Portraits” photoshoot, which was shot entirely remotely, by German photographer Fabian Raabe.  It’s a great example of how creative and innovative access to film talent can be in these difficult times and whilst we wait for the world to return to “normal”.

This year’s edition of EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS, the European programme spotlighting the best upcoming acting talent from around Europe – including the brilliant Nicolas Maury (Let My People Go!, Les Rencontres d'après minuit, Dix pour cent, Garçon chiffon).  

 

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This year's selection of rising stars to be united in EFP's digital Home of Acting Talent 23 – 25 February 2021

 

photocredits: ­ Heli Blåfield: Seidi Haarla ­ Mathieu Rainaud: Nicolas Maury ­ Steffen Roth: Albrecht Schuch ­ Fabó Tóth: Natasa Stork ­ India Mullen: Fionn O'Shea ­ Dainius Šciuka: Žygimante Elena Jakštaite ­ Rens Plasschek: Martijn Lakemeier ­ Zarko Culic: Sara Klimoska ­ Goncalo Claro: Alba Babtista ­ Mattias Huss: Gustav Lindh

European Film Promotion (EFP) is proud to announce the ten EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS of 2021. For the first time, EFP will present the ten emerging European actors to the film industry, public and international press as part of a three-day online programme. The 24th edition of EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS, EFP's oldest and most prestigious initiative to promote European acting talent, will take place digitally, from 23 to 25 February 2021, one week before the industry events of this year's 71st Berlinale (1 - 5 March). The Shooting Stars Award Ceremony will take place in the framework of the Berlinale screenings in the summer.

"Although this year we sadly cannot meet in person, we invite you to join, discover and celebrate the best in rising European acting talent, while staying safe at home. This is the motto for this year's digital European Shooting Stars programme. We are thrilled that we have been able to create a digital experience via our ,online Home of Acting Talent' , that will open its doors and emulate the spirit of our annual physical events by offering 3 days of specially-curated press, industry and public-facing promotion and networking activities for this year's chosen talent", says EFP's Managing Director Sonja Heinen.

Selecting the top ten actresses and actors out of an outstanding pool of nominations from throughout Europe was not an easy task for this year's international jury consisting of US Casting Director Cassandra HanKosovan director Antoneta Kastrati and Danish producer René Ezra.

The ten selected European Shooting Stars for 2021 are: Seidi Haarla (Finland), Nicolas Maury (France), Albrecht Schuch (Germany), Natasa Stork (Hungary), Fionn O'Shea (Ireland), Žygimante Elena Jakštaite (Lithuania), Martijn Lakemeier (The Netherlands), Sara Klimoska (North Macedonia), Alba Baptista (Portugal) and Gustav Lindh (Sweden).

Seidi Haarla from Finland swayed the jury by giving "an intuitive, honest and understated performance that is imbued with a compelling sense of gravity" in her first major leading role, in Juho Kuosmanen's Trans-Siberian-Railway-set drama Compartment No 6.

The jury ascribed "star quality" to French actor Nicolas Maury and they were impressed by his ?outstanding performance" in his feature film debut in My Best Part, which was awarded the 2020 Cannes Official Selection Label.

Albrecht Schuch from Germany, whose credits include feature films such as Berlin Alexanderplatz and System Crasher and TV series Bad Banks, impressed the jury with "a clear willingness to push himself to the limit and beyond." He was nominated as a Shooting Star for Fabian, Dominik Graf's adaption of Erich Kästner's satirical novel of the same name, which will be released in April 2021.

Natasa Stork from Hungary convinced with her "intoxicating and enigmatic presence" in Lili Horvát's Preparations To Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time, her debut lead in a feature film, for which she won the Best Actress awards at film festivals in Antalya, Valladolid and Les Arc.

The youngest actor of this year's EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS is Fionn O'Shea from Ireland, whose work "has an ebullience and winsome charm yet, at the same time, misery and rage are always bubbling just below the surface" as seen in his performance as a closed-off gay teenager Eddie, in the critically acclaimed coming-of-age comedy Dating Amber by David FreyneHis recent credits also include the internationally acclaimed TV show Normal People, directed by Lenny Abrahamson.

For her first leading role in Andrius Blaževicius' second feature film Runner, which was presented as part of the online Karlovy Vary Eastern Promises programme, Žygimante Elena Jakštaite from Lithuania received high praise from the experts: "Elena proves a force of nature, full of passion and raw energy that virtually leaps off the screen".

Well-known for his role in the most critically-acclaimed Dutch TV series in years, Dutch Hope, Martijn Lakemeier from The Netherlands is also the youngest winner of the Golden Calf Award for his acting debut in Winter in Wartime. He enthused the jury with his "emotionally captivating performance" in The East by Jim Taihuttu, a film about a dark chapter of Dutch colonial history. The judges described his performance as "honest, focused and understated in his approach, instilling his character with an intense vulnerability and audacious courage at the same time".

The performance of award-winning actress Sara Klimoska from North Macedonia is "a revelation in the truest sense of the word, with an emotional depth that belies her years." excellently depicted in Igor Aleksov's feature film debut Lena and Vladimir, which will be released this year.

Portugal's Alba Baptista's "self-effacing humour" drew the jury in "so unexpectedly and strongly". At 23, the youngest actress of this year's Stars plays the lead in the TV series Warrior Nun, an adaption of the comic "Warrior Nun Areala" by Ben Dunn. With her performance, she "is able to add her own unique spin to an archetypal pop-culture character". The Jury is confident about her "star potential - the size of which is clearly enormous".

For his role in Queen of Hearts, the Swedish actor Gustav Lindh received a Danish national film critics' Bodil Award for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for Best Leading Actor at the Danish Film Academy's Robert Awards ceremony in 2020. With his performance in the social distancing drama Orca by Josephine Bornebusch, he convinced the jury with "a unique and fearless performance, that is both humble and layered".

The three-day online programme for the Shooting Stars - which launches with a special press presentation for international press, the film industry and the public on February 24 - provides a unique platform for the Stars to meet casting directors, producers and filmmakers in pre-sheduled meetings and virtual hubs.

EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS is considered an important stepping-stone towards an international acting career - most notable SHOOTING STARS of recent years include: Matilda de Angelis (The Undoing), Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman, The Great Gatsby), Alba Rohrwacher (Happy as Lazzaro), Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander (Tomb Raider), Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Mogul Mowgli- Berlinale 2020), George MacKay (1917), and Louis Hofmann (Netflix's Dark)

EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS 2021 is made possible thanks to the support of Creative Europe - the MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the German Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Spotlight, as well as the participating national film promotion institutes from the Shooting Stars' countries, EFP's member organisations - with a special thanks to German Films: Finnish Film Foundation, German Films, Lithuanian Film Centre, Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual I.P. / ICA (Portugal), Lithuanian Film Centre, National Film Institute Hungary, North Macedonia Film Agency, SEE NL (The Netherlands), Swedish Film Institute and UniFrance. Main media partner is Variety, further medi a partners are Screen International, Cineuropa, Blickpunkt:Film, HeyUGuys, Fade to Her and Festival Scope.

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