The European Film Promotion (EFP) has announced the ten Shooting Stars of 2010 and Irish actor Robert Sheehan (Cherrybomb) has been selected. The chosen individuals will be introduced at its annual presentation of new acting talent at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale).
This group of prominent young actors who come from across Europe have been chosen from a list of 21 potential candidates identified by the EFP's pan-European member organisations. Shooting Stars is supported by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.
This jury who chose the actors featured German producer, Karl Baumgartner, British casting director, Leo Davis, American publishing editor, Steven Gaydos, Czech actress, Ana Geislerová and Italian director, Giuseppe Piccioni. Each of the nominated actors has been chosen for their outstanding work in feature films something which was not hard to come by, as the jury announced: “As we worked individually and then met as a group, it was clear to all of us on the jury that this was an unusually rich year for European acting talent. Choosing ten actors was both difficult and exciting. When we had completed our task we discovered that this was a strong year especially for talent from Central and Eastern Europe. We also learned that the telling of challenging stories and new, dynamic filmmaking styles were assisted immeasurably by the contributions of these brave performers."
With regards Irish shooting star Robert Sheehan, who is currently starring in the E4 television series ‘Misfits’, the jury had this to say: “Robert Sheehan is a classic young Celtic charmer whose personal appeal is driven by his youthful energy and self-confidence. In a single scene he can convince you of his boyish innocence, then convincingly demonstrate that he's left his childhood a long time ago.”
Lotte Verbeek has also been named among the Shooting Stars this year. The Dutch actress recently starred alongside Stephen Rea in ‘Nothing Personal’ which was shot on location in Ireland and is produced by Fastnet Films.
Robert and Lotte are joined by other shortlisted actors Zrinka Cvitesić (Croatia), Krystof Hádek (Czech Republic), Pihla Viitala (Finland), Michele Riondino (Italy), Anders Baasmo Christiansen (Norway), Agata Buzek (Poland), Dragoş Bucur (Romania) and Edward Hogg (United Kingdom).