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The Berlinale European Shooting Stars for 2017 have been announced, with two Nordic actors selected among the lineup.

From Sweden is Karin Franz Körlof, a graduate of Stockholm’s Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2015. Karin Franz Körlof has already appeared in various films, TV productions and theatre plays in the preceding years, including the lead role in critically acclaimed tv series Blue Eyes and a supporting role in Wallander: The Betrayal. Karin became a household name with her portrayal of Lydia in Pernilla August’s A Serious Game which premiered at the Berlinale last year, and she will soon be seen as the lead in Olof Spaak’s feature debut Garden Lane. Karin is currently filming The Wife in Scotland, directed by Björn Runge.

Denmark’s selected actor is Esben Smed, who has appeared in two films by Nils Malmros: Aching Hearts and Sorrow and Joy. He has since become known to the wider television audience thanks to his role as Nicky in two seasons of the acclaimed TV series Follow the Money aired this year. Esben had previously played the footballer John “Faxe” Jensen in Kasper Barfoed’s comedy Summer of 92 and will soon be seen as the male lead in Jacob Bitsch’s Danish-German co-production Letters for Amina.

The Shooting Stars is a unique European initiative that aims to put the spotlight on Europe’s best young actors. it helps to put new talent at the forefront, and these actors are presented at the acclaimed Berlin Film Festival.