Riz Ahmed and Antonia Campbell-Hughes among Europe's Shooting Stars

British and Irish stars will be lauded as emerging talent at Berlinale

by Amber Wilkinson

Clockwise from top left. France: Adèle Haenel (House of Tolerance), Germany: Anna Maria Mühe (November Child), Iceland: Hilmar Gudjónsson (Either Way), Ireland: Antonia Campbell-Hughes (The Other Side Of Sleep), Italy: Isabella Ragonese (The First Assignment), Poland: Jakub Gierszał (Suicide Room), Romania: Ana Ularu (Outbound), Sweden: Bill Skarsgård (Simple Simon), Switzerland: Max Hubacher (The Foster Boy), UK: Riz Ahmed (Four Lions).

Four Lions actor Riz Ahmed and The Other Side Of Sleep star Antonia Campbell-Hughes has been named as one of the 10 actors chosen as Shooting Stars 2012.

From February 11 to 13, European Film Promotion will showcase these newcomers from around Europe at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival, running February 9 – 19, 2012 as the emerging talent of tomorrow.

Now in its 15th year the European Film Promotion annual event - from February 11 to 13, 2012 - at the Berlinale, supports and champions young European actors with the aim of providing them with professional contacts to take the next big leap in their international careers.

The jury said of Campbell-Hughes: "Antonia’s acting is seductively minimalistic but demonstrates magnificent charisma at the same time. In The Other Side Of Sleep, her character’s inner solitude and sadness are conveyed with haunting, empathetic power. She is a performer of wonderful soul and depth."

Commeting on Ahmed, they added: "Watching Ahmed on screen is to be treated to an actor of extraordinary presence and talent. In Trishna, he bridges love and rage, fragility and power, tenderness and brutality. A versatile, elegant, dignified actor with outstanding potential."

The other winners are - France: Adèle Haenel (House of Tolerance); Germany: Anna Maria Mühe (November Child); Iceland: Hilmar Gudjónsson (Either Way); Italy: Isabella Ragonese (The First Assignment); Poland: Jakub Gierszał (Suicide Room); Romania: Ana Ularu (Outbound); Sweden: Bill Skarsgård (Simple Simon); Switzerland: Max Hubacher (The Foster Boy); UK: Riz Ahmed (Four Lions)

EFP member organisations had nominated 23 candidates for final selection by the jury of internationally established film industry professionals.

The showcase culminates in an award ceremony at the Berlinale Palast where the talent will be honoured.

Previous Great Britain and Irish recipients include Carey Mulligan, Domhnall Gleeson and Angela Riseborough.

Director Marleen Gorris, member of the Shooting Stars jury, said: "The films were a real pleasure to watch. We came away marvelling at the often brilliant way the nominated actors portrayed the feeling of a kind of modern loneliness, taking you on a journey in their search for identity no matter which part of Europe they came from. It was a real challenge choosing our ten favourites from such an interesting and high-quality group of nominees."

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