The initiative brings together international casting directors and filmmakers with emerging talent from the region and is part of Discovery Campus, an education program organized by Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event (Nov 13-17).
The selection includes Germany’s Langston Uibel, star of Christian Petzold’s Afire, which received the Silver Bear grand jury prize at the Berlinale in February. The eight actors are:
- Saulius Ambrozaitis (Lithuania)
Credits include Dance, Royal Bastards: The Rise of the Tudors, and Nest Dissembler.
- Tuulia Eloranta (Finland)
Credits include Devil’s Bride, Helsinki Syndrome, Huijarit
- Balder Ljunggren (Sweden)
Credits include: Maria Wern, Fartblinda
- Ritvars Logins (Latvia)
Credits include Crime Solving For Beginners, Vacuum Cleaner Salesman
- Karmel Naudre (Estonia)
Credits include: Who Shot Otto Mueller?
- Maris Nõlvak (Estonia)
Credits include Cherry Tobacco, Melchior, and The Apothecary.
- Karolina Rzepa (Poland)
Credits include The Republic Of Children, House of Two Eagles, The Green Glove Gang, and Two Sisters.
- Langston Uibel (Germany)
Credits include Unorthodox, Dogs Of Berlin, How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast), and Afire.
The seventh edition of the talent program will see the actors spend five days meeting with casting directors and talent agents and participating in workshops and panels designed to provide information and networking opportunities to further their careers.
They were selected from more than 100 candidates – more than double last year’s submissions – by a jury comprising casting directors and ICDA members Cassandra Han, Tanja Grunwald, Frank Moiselle, and Kristina Kolytė, talent agent Malou T. Schultzberg, cinematographer Philippe Ros and filmmaker Tanel Toom, whose 2019 feature Truth And Justice was Estonia’s submission for the Academy Awards and received an Oscar nomination.
Claudia Landsberger leads the Black Nights Stars program.’