Icelandic actor Atli Oskar Fjalarsson selected for Shooting Stars 2016


Icelandic actor Atli Oskar Fjalarsson has been selected for Shooting Stars 2016, which is an annual showcase of ten young European actors and actresses. Atli has gained attention recently for his leading role in Runar Runarsson’s Sparrows, which has won several awards at international film festivals around the world. He has previously appeared in Runarsson’s 2 Birds and Baldvin Z’s Jitters. Atli is currently studying in Los Angeles.

Shooting Stars is selected by European Film Promotion, a network of organisations that promote cinema. The jury’s reasoning for selecting Atli is as follows:

“Atli convinced us with his generous, poetic yet contained performance in Þrestir / Sparrows. Playing a sensitive boy caught in a cold and harsh environment, he showed us a new and refreshing take on the role of the quiet dreamer.”

The winner will be announced at the Berlin Film Festival.

The Icelandic Film Centre wrote a list of all Icelandic actors that have previously been selected for the showcase. They are:

  • 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
  • Hera Hilmar, 2015

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), Carey Mulligan (2009) and Alicia Vikander (2010).

Info via the Icelandic Film Centre. 

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.