As the 72nd Berlinale film festival fast approaches the European Film Promotion (EFP) has announced the ten emerging European talents for this year’s 25th-anniversary edition of European Shooting Stars.

From 11 – 14 February 2022, seven actresses and three actors will be presented to the international press, the industry, and the public in an exclusive hybrid programme during this year’s Berlinale festival. The 5-person international jury consisting of Swedish-Georgian filmmaker Levan Akin, casting director and president of the International Casting Director’s Network (ICDN) Timka Grin from Bosnia and Herzegovina, former Italian European Shooting Star Sara Serraiocco, Luxembourgish film producer Bernard Michaux and German based film scholar and curator Yun-hua Chen have selected the ten outstanding talents and affirmed their immense potential for an international career based on many factors, including evaluation of the nominated feature films and series.

You can see our interviews with the previous years’ Shooting Stars right here.

The ten selected European Shooting Stars for 2022 are Gracija Filipović (Croatia), Marie Reuther (Denmark), Anamaria Vartolomei (France), Emilio Sakraya (Germany), Clare Dunne (Ireland), Hanna van Vliet (The Netherlands), João Nunes Monteiro (Portugal), Timon Sturbej (Slovenia), Evin Ahmad (Sweden) and Souheila Yacoub (Switzerland). Here’s a little more about them from the EFP.

Gracija Filipović

GracijaFilipovic EFP Shooting Stars 2022The Croatian international has won recognition and acclaim from her collaborative work with director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović. Filipović’s first leading role in a feature film was in Kusijanović’ Murina, which was awarded the Camera d’Or in Cannes. The jury was impressed by her “intuitive and original performance, with a level of maturity which belies her years”.

Marie Reuther

MarieReuther EFP Shooting Stars 2022The Danish native convinced with her transformative performance and the obvious joy of acting in her debut lead in HBO’s first Danish-language mystery thriller Kamikaze“Her face can express a multitude of feelings in a layered and versatile way. She makes everything fun to watch”. For her performance, she was honoured with the Best Actress Award at Series Mania in Lille, France.

Anamaria Vartolomei

Anamaria VatomeiEFP Shooting Stars 2022The France star featured in the Golden Lion winner Happening by Audrey Diwan. The jury was also impressed by her “readiness to push herself to the limits and embody even the most impenetrable roles”. The extensive filmography of the young actress, who starred alongside Isabelle Huppert in My Little Princess at the age of eleven, also includes feature films like Jacky in the Kingdom of WomenEternityThe IdealMy RevolutionHow to Be a Good Wife and Just Kids.

Emilio Sakraya

EmilioSakraya EFP Shooting Stars 2022From Germany, Emilio “delivers a memorable performance that emphasizes his star quality and an immense potential as a lead actor.” Nominated for Til Schweiger’s The Salvation of the World as We Know It, he previously starred in films and series such as Electro Ghetto4 Blocks, Cold Feet, Warrior Nun and One Night Off. In Fatih Akin’s upcoming feature Rheingold, Emilio plays the lead, rapper Xatar.

Clare Dunne

ClareDunne EFP Shooting Stars 2022Well-known for her leading role and as co-writer of the critically acclaimed and multi-award-winning feature Herself, directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Clare – who is from Ireland – starred as Amanda in the first season of the notable AMC+ RTE series KIN. The jury is enthusiastic about her performance, which “communicates a deep sense of self-awareness and well-founded confidence”.

Hanna van Vliet

HannaVanVliet EFP Shooting Stars 2022For her role in ANNE+, which she also co-created, the Dutch actress received a Golden Calf nomination as “Best Actress in a drama series” at the Netherlands Film Festival in 2020. The jury is thrilled by her screen presence, which is “full of life and outstandingly sympathetic, imbued with a strong sense of precision, sensitivity, and authenticity” and attests to “huge star potential” for the young actress who has also fought for a broad representation of female leads and queer characters in the (Dutch) film and television landscape.

João Nunes Monteiro

JoaoNunesMonteiro EFP Shooting Stars 2022The Portuguese actor’s credits include feature films such as Aristides de Sousa Mendes by Francisco Manso and Mosquito by João Nuno Pinto, for which he won the Cinema Academy Sophia Award as Best Actor. The jury is impressed by his performance in Miguel Gomes and Marueen Fazendeiro’s The Tsugua Diaries which premiered in this year’s Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival: “His quiet intensity and respectful authenticity draw us to his soul-searching characters in a way that approximates documentaries”.

Timon Sturbej

TimonSturbej EFP Shooting Stars 2022From Slovenia, the multi-award winning theatre and film actor has received high praise from the experts: “With sublime artistry and a raw vigour, his presence is so powerful and compelling that the audience’s eyes are locked on him wherever he is. Through subtle expressions and evocative presence, his performance is disarming, multifaceted and addictive – the epitome of acting”. His well-known films are Sexual Perversity by David Mamet and Consequences by Darko Stante as well as his nominated film, Riders/Spring Dreamingby Dominik Mencej, which will be released this year.

Evin Ahmad

evinahmad EFP Shooting Stars 2022The Swedish actress and writer – already well known for her roles in The Rain, Quicksand and One Red Eye – “who radiates unique energy which is both enigmatic and approachable”. She was nominated as a Shooting Star for the Swedish Netflix Original series Snabba Cash, adapted from best-selling author Jens Lapidus’ Stockholm Noir crime trilogy.

Souheila Yacoub 

SouheilaYacoub EFP Shooting Stars 2022Hailing from Switzerland, Souheila is “a revelation and a shooting star in the truest sense.” The jury lauds her “tremendous ability to empathize with her characters in a way that evokes a strong resonance”. Yacoub has already worked with renowned directors such as Gaspard Noé and Philippe Garrel, starred in the series Les Sauvages and No Man’s Land and was at this year’s Cannes Film Festival with two films in which she plays the leading roles: Des bas étage by Yassine Qnia and in the nominated film The Braves by Anaïs Volpe.

Throughout its 25 years, European Shooting Stars has been an important stepping-stone for an actor’s international career – notable Shooting Stars of recent years include: Matilda de Angelis (Atlas, The Undoing), Carey Mulligan (The Dig, Promising Young Woman, The Great Gatsby), Alba Rohrwacher (Happy as Lazzaro), Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander (Beckett, Tomb Raider), Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Riz Ahmed (Encounter, Sound of Metal, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Mogul Mowgli), George MacKay (Munich – The Edge of War, 1917), and Jannis Niewöhner (Kids Run, Je suis Karl).

For more information on the EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS 2022 please click here.