Nordic talent dominates European Shooting Stars 2019

The European Shooting Stars programme has been announced for 2019, with the line-up mostly made up of Nordic actors.

Shooting Stars aims at presenting ten of the best up-and-coming acting talents from Europe who have been deemed ready to step out into the international film scene. 

The Nordic actors are:

Elliott Crosset Hove(Denmark)

We first saw him in Christian Tafdrup’s Parents, but he has also had roles in In the Blood, Across the Waters and April 9th. However, his most famous role is in Winter Brothers, which won him the Best Actor Award at Locarno and Vilnius, as well as a Robert Award. Currently, you can see him in Before the Frost from director Michael Noer. 

Kristín Thora Haraldsdóttir (Iceland)

Kristin has been a familiar face in Icelandic film for some time, so it’s nice to see some international recognition. She had roles in Stella Blomkvist and Prisoners, but had her major breakthrough with one of Iceland’s most successful festival films of the year, And Breathe Normally. Currently, you can see Kristin in Baldvin Z’s Let Me Fall.

Ine Marie Wilmann (Norway)

Ine has had roles in many local productions, including ZombieLars and Joachim Trier’s Reprise, but she is currently most recognisable to international audiences for her leading role in 2015’s Homesick. Next year is looking bright for Ine, with her film Sonja – The White Swan to screen at the Sundance Film Festival. 

Ardalan Esmaili (Sweden)

Ardalan has had a big year, starring alongside Birgitte Hjort Sørensen in the television series Greyzone. But he is most famous for his leading role in The Charmer, a role he got after constantly asking the films director, childhood friend Milad Alami, if he could have the role. With three projects currently in production, we can see a lot more from Ardalan in 2019. 

The event will take place between the 8th and 11th of February 2019 during the Berlin International Film Festival. The 10 actors will be introduced to the film industry, public and international press, and will help them get in touch with casting directors, producers and filmmakers through one-on-one meetings. 

Previous Nordic European Shooting Stars include Alicia Vikander, Pilou Asbaek, Jakob Oftebro, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Laura Birn, and Alba August.

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.