Seidi Haarla (Finland) and Gustav Lindh (Sweden) have been selected to feature in European Film Promotion’s Shooting Stars 2021, an annual showcase for ten young and promising European actors which this year will take the form of a three-day digital programme ahead of the 71st Berlin International Film Festival (1st – 5th March).
The three-day programme launches with a special press presentation for international press, the film industry and the public on February 24th, and provides a unique platform for the Shooting Stars to meet casting directors, producers and filmmakers in one-on-one meetings and virtual hubs.
EFP Managing Director, Sonja Heinen, said: “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.”
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), Alba August (2018) and Elliott Crosset Hove (2019).
Seidi Haarla (nominated for Compartment No 6)
The jury said: “In her first leading role, Seidi Haarla gives an intuitive, honest and understated performance that is imbued with a compelling sense of gravity. Her quiet intensity and forthright openness draw us in, slowly but surely, as her character awakens. She exudes self-confidence without ever sacrificing subtlety, bringing a deep intensity to her portrayal of the character.”
Gustav Lindh (nominated for Orca)
The jury said: “Gustav Lindh creates a strong and complex character with a raw vigor that locks your eyes onto the screen whenever he is present. In a unique and fearless performance that is both humble and layered, Lindh never backs away from a moment, embodying his character and his sense of isolation one hundred percent. We see a very bright future ahead for this powerhouse.”