The Shooting Stars program, which has close ties to the Berlin Film Festival, was created in 1998 and boasts alumni that includes Carey Mulligan, Mélanie Laurent, Domhnall Gleeson, Bill Skarsgard, Andrea Riseborough, Alicia Vikander, Archie Panjabi, Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz. Program organizer European Film Promotion has selected its next batch of 10 Shooting Stars for 2014. The young actors include Edda Magnason, the star of Sweden’s top grosser this year, Waltz For Monica, and the UK’s George MacKay whose credits include How I Live Now, Sunshine On Leith and For Those In Peril. European member countries put forth candidates who are then nominated by an international jury comprised of film industry pros. The actors have a sort of coming out during the Berlin festival when they are presented to world media and to casting directors, agents, directors and producers. Each of the actors also receives a Shooting Stars Award at a gala ceremony. The fest runs from February 6-16, 2014 with the Shooting Stars spotlight from February 8-10.
Soairse Ronan stars in Last King Of Scotland helmer Kevin Macdonald‘s How I Live Now. She plays Daisy, an American teenager who’s sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. But romance and an idyllic summer are interrupted by an escalating conflict in Europe. George MacKay and Tom Holland also star in the film that’s based on Meg Rosoff’s novel. Magnolia Pictures will release Stateside in the fall; eOne is releasing in the UK on October 4.
New York (July 25, 2013) – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired US rights to HOW I LIVE NOW, the new film from Academy Award winning director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, Marley) starring Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, Atonement), based on the award winning novel by Meg Rosoff. The film was produced by Charles Steel, Alasdair Flind, Andrew Ruhemann and John Battsek. Set in the near-future UK, Ronan plays Daisy, an American teenager sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. Initially withdrawn and alienated, she begins to warm up to her charming surroundings, and strikes up a romance with the handsome Edmund (George MacKay). But on the fringes of their idyllic summer days are tense news reports of an escalating conflict in Europe. As the UK falls into a violent, chaotic military state, Daisy finds herself hiding and fighting to survive.