The Icelandic actress Hera Hilmar has been selected for Shooting Stars 2015, an annual showcase of 10 promising, young European actors and actresses. The selection is made by European Film Promotion (EFP), a network of organizations that promote cinema, and the awards will be given out at the Berlin International Film Festival, which will be held from February 5 – 15.
The10 Shooting Stars were nominated by their respective national organizations and then selected from a larger group of 23. The event in Berlin will consist of three event-filled days of networking – including meetings with agents, casting directors and filmmakers – interviews with international media and receptions.
The jury’s reasoning for selecting Hera Hilmar as a Shooting Star reads as follows: “Hera was an easy choice to make, showing herself as adept and expressive when performing in English as her native Icelandic and playing historical characters just as effortlessly as their modern-day counterparts. Despite those timeless, angelic looks, however, Hera’s range is deceptive – there’s definitely a fire there.”
Hera has garnered attention recently for her performance in Life in a Fishbowl, Iceland’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, for which she received a Special Mention at the Zurich Film Festival.
Despite her youth, Hera has considerable acting experience, both in Iceland and in England. She was one of the leads in Gudný Halldórsdóttir’s teenage drama The Quiet Storm and has appeared in the epic romantic drama Anna Karenina and the popular TV series Da Vinci’s Demons, in which she has a recurring role. Her most recent film, the Christmas comedy Get Santa, premiered in the UK last week and stars Jim Broadbent and Warwick Davis.
EFP’s Shooting Stars is now in its 18th year. Over the years, the following Icelandic actors have been selected for the showcase:
Ingvar E. Sigurdsson, 1999
Hilmir Snær Gudnason, 2000
Baltasar Kormákur, 2001
Margrét Vilhjálmsdóttir, 2002
Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir, 2003
Tómas Lemarquis, 2004
Álfrún Örnólfsdóttir, 2005
Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, 2006
Gísli Örn Gardarsson, 2007
Hilmar Gudjónsson, 2012
Edda Magnason (Icelandic/Swedish actress, representing Sweden), 2014
Some established actors and actresses who have been selected as Shooting Stars over the years are Rachel Weisz (1998), Iben Hjejle (1999), Daniel Craig (2000), Daniel Brühl (2003), Nikolaj Lie Kaas (2003) and Carey Mulligan (2009).