Zofia Wichłacz is one of ten European actors selected as the 2017 Shooting Stars. The actress was nominated for the title by the Polish Film Institute.
Shooting Stars is a programme created by European Film Promotion (EFP) aimed at promoting young European acting talents. This year, Zofia Wichłacz's fellow Shooting Stars include Esben Smed (Denmark), Alessandro Borghi (Italy), Louis Hofmann (Germany), Elīna Vaska (Latvia), Hannah Hoekstra (Netherlands), Victoria Guerra (Portugalia), Tudor Aaron Istodor (Romania), Maruša Majer (Slovenia), Karin Franz Körlof (Sweden).
Zofia Wichłacz and Józef Pawłowski in Miasto 44 (Warsaw 44). Photo courtesy of Akson Studio
The organisers of the Shooting Stars emphasize that Polish actress even though is one of two youngest Shooting Stars 2017 has already starred in Powidoki (Afterimage) by Andrzej Wajda, Poland's candidate for this year's Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The acress has also starred in Miasto 44 (Warsaw 44) by Jan Komasa. The next premiere in which Zofia Wichłacz will be cast is Amok by Kasia Adamik.
The final list of ten 2017 Shooting Stars were selected among 26 candidates nominated by members of European Film Promotion (EFP). Zofia Wichłacz was nominated by the Polish Film Institute. The selection of European acting talent based on their prior acting experience was made by international jury members: casting expert Lucinda Syson, actress and and past Shooting Stars participant Dorka Gryllus, director Xavier Koller, film producer Pandora da Cunha Telles and film critic, writer Jan Lumholdt.
Zofia Wichłacz is Poland's fifth actor to be selected as a Shooting Stars. In previous years, Shooting Stars included Agnieszka Grochowska in 2007, Agata Buzek in 2010, Jakub Gierszał in 2012 and Mateusz Kościukiewicz in 2014. Being nominated for a Shooting Star title has opened the road to an international career for many young European actors, including Franka Potente, Rachel Weisz, Daniel Craig, Daniel Bruhl, Carey Mulligan, Albie Rohrwacher, Mélanie Laurent, Moritz Bleibtreu, and Elena Anayi.
The official Shooting Stars presentation will take place on February 10-13, 2017 at the 64th Berlin I International Film Festival. 2017 will mark the 20th edition of this event. Throughout the year, the actors selected as Shooting Stars will visit a number of international film festivals, and participate in workshops and master classes as new ambassadors of European cinema.
Further details about the 2017 Shooting Stars are available at: www.shooting-stars.eu.