Walk this Way recommends 9 films featuring European Shooting Stars actresses

European Shooting Stars is a unique pan-European initiative organised by European Film Promotion that casts the spotlight on Europe's best young actors. Here is our list of the top nine films starring Shooting Stars actresses from across the years:

Bliss by Dorris Dörrie (2012, Germany), starring Alba Rohrwacher

Available on VoD from June 27 as part of the Unexpected Love Stories collection

This film follows the traumatic life of Irina, who, after being raped, flees to Germany and starts working illegally as a prostitute. She finds happiness, falling in love with Kalle, but their relationship is soon threatened. Bliss is a modern romance set in Berlin’s underworld. Irina is played by award-winning Italian actress and 2009 Shooting Star Alba Rohrwacher, known for her roles in Hungry Hearts, The Wonders and Sworn Virgin.

Black by Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah (2015, Belgium, France), starring Martha Canga Antonio

Black is about 15-year-old Mavela, who falls in love with Marwan, a charismatic member of a rival gang. The young couple is forced to make a difficult choice between gang loyalty and their love. Mavela is played by 2016 Shooting Star Martha Canga Antonio – a stunning debut role for this young Belgian actress.

Life in a Fishbowl by Baldvin Zophoníasson (2014, Iceland, Finland, Czech Republic, Sweden), starring Hera Hilmar

Available on VoD from November 28 as part of the Award Winning Stories collection

Life in a Fishbowlpresents three intertwined stories, with characters whose initial appearance changes drastically over the course of the film. Chosen as Iceland's Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film, Life in a Fishbowl stars Hera Hilmar as a single mother working as a prostitute. Hilmar, a 2015 Shooting Star, received a Special mention at the 2014 Zurich Film Festival for her performance.

The High Sun by Dalibor Matanić (2015, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia), starring Tihana Lazović

The High Sun tells three different love stories set over three consecutive decades in two neighbouring Balkan villages, which carry the burden of a long history of interethnic hatred. A film about national pride and forbidden love, The High Sun was awarded the Jury Prize in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard, starring the extremely talented Croatian actress and 2016 Shooting Star Tihana Lazovic.

Love is the Perfect Crime by Arnaud Larrieu, Jean-Marie Larrieu (2013, France, Netherlands), starring Sara Forestier

Available on VoD now as part of the Men on the Edge collection

Nominated for the Crystal Arrow at the Les Arcs European Film Festival in 2013, Love is the Perfect Crime is about a university professor with a reputation for having affairs with his female students. Things get start getting complicated when one of his flames disappears. The film stars 2005 Shooting Star and César Award-winner Sara Forestier.

The Wait by Piero Messina (2015, Italy France), starring Lou de Laâge

The Wait, which premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival in 2015, follows a mother who unexpectedly meets her son's fiancée and gets to know her as she waits for her son to arrive. Opposite Juliette Binoche stars one of the most promising young French actresses, Lou de Laâge, a 2016 shooting Star

Gold by Thomas Arslan (2013, Germany, Canada), starring Nina Hoss

Available on VoD since 4 April, Men on the Edge collection

Gold is set in Canada in the summer of 1898 and tells the tale of a group of German settlers who travel towards the far north, hoping to find their fortune in the recently discovered Dawson goldfields. The film stars Nina Hoss a 2000 Shooting Star, who, over the past 16 years, has received numerous awards and nominations, including a Silver Bear at Berlin and the Toronto Film Critics Association Award.

Summer of Sangaile by Alanté Kavaïté (2015, Lithuania, France, The Netherlands)

The film follows seventeen-year-old Sangaile one summer as she meets and falls in love with Auste, a local girl of her age who, unlike Sangaile, lives her life to the full with creativity and daring. Auste is played by Aiste Dirziute, a 2015 Shooting Star from Lithuania.

Nena by Saskia Diesing (2015, Netherlands, Germany), starring Abbey Hoes

The film follows Nena, a teenager with her own style, as she takes care of her handicapped father and discovers romantic love for the first time. An astonishing performance from the young Dutch actress Abbey Hoes, a 2015 Shooting Star and winner of the Netherlands Film Festival Best Actress Award in 2014.

24 June 2016, by Cineuropa

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