Nordic Talent Dominates Shooting Stars 2019

Elliott Crosset Hove (Denmark), Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir (Iceland), Ine Marie Wilmann (Norway) and Ardalan Esmaili (Sweden) have all been selected to feature in Shooting Stars 2019, an annual showcase for ten young and promising European actors to be held during the 69th Berlin International Film Festival (7 – 17 February 2018).

During the Berlin International Film Festival, the ten Shooting Stars will undertake a weekend of profile-raising workshops and events, with influential members of the International Casting Directors Network (ICDN), film and television agents and filmmakers, alongside interviews and photo-shoots with international media.

Previous Shooting Stars include: Iben Hjejle (1999), Daniel Craig (2000), Daniel Brühl (2003), Nikolaj Lie Kaas (2003), Carey Mulligan (2009), Alicia Vikander (2010), Esben Smed (2017) and Alba August (2018).

Elliott Crosset Hove (Winter Brothers)
The jury said: “Elliott Crosset Hove possesses incredible charisma (and) the jury was blown away by his strong presence, deep intuition, effortlessness, responsiveness and raw ability to shift from transparent vulnerability to intimidation, but most importantly, by his clear sense of what it means to be in the moment.”

Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir (And Breathe Normally)
The jury said: “Kristín Thora Haraldsdóttir shows a very deep insight and understanding of her roles. Invariably compelling and always portraying challenging characters, she possesses the subtle and keen aptitude to push the boundaries of viewers’ experience therefore earning our utmost trust and attention.”

Ine Marie Wilmann (Sonja – The White Swan)
The jury said: “Ine Maria Wilman blew the jury away with the physicality of her performance as iconic ice-skater Sonja Henie in Anne Sewitsky’s Sonja: The White Swan, where she skillfully combines (inner) strength, subtlety and profundity. Wilmann is a magnetic leading lady.”

Ardalan Esmaili (The Charmer)
The jury said: “Ardalan Esmaili climbs out of the expected and surprises us. In Milad Alami’s The Charmer, Esmaili instills his character with a tormented fragility and delivers a quietly twitchy, brilliant code-switching performance that retains the audience’s sympathy.”