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Martijn Lakemeier is Shooting Star

12 January 2021

Dutch actor Martijn Lakemeier is selected for the European Shooting Stars event, which will take place digitally from 23 to 25 February 2021, preceding the industry events of the 71st Berlinale (online, 1 to 5 March). The Shooting Stars Award Ceremony will take place in the framework of the Berlinale screenings in the summer. Martijn is one of the in total ten outstanding acting talents from Europe that have been chosen by an international jury to take part in the prestigious programme organised by European Film Promotion (EFP).

Martijn Lakemeier has the distinction of being the youngest winner of a Golden Calf Award for Best Actor. He received the prestigious Dutch film award for his acting debut in Winter in Wartime (Shortlist Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film, 2010). For the same role, he also won the Dutch audience award (Rembrandt Award). 

Since then, Martijn has landed roles in several successful Dutch films and TV series, such as the multiple award-winning The Marathon (2012), The Secrets of Barslet (2012), It's All So Quiet (2013), Ventoux (2015), Yes, I Do (2015), Adios Amigos (2016) and Skógafoss (2017). In the Netherlands, he is well-known for his role in the most critically acclaimed Dutch TV series in years, Hollands Hope, which won the Golden Calf for Best TV Series and was the Dutch entry for the International Emmy Awards in 2015. 

Furthermore, he played in the French film Tout là-haut opposite French star Kev Adams and had a guest role on the web-series Blackpills, produced by Bryan Singer and Luc Besson, and directed by Mateo Guez.
Next up is Doodstil, directed by Willem Gerritsen and The East by Jim Taihuttu, in which he is cast in the lead opposite Marwan Kenzari.

Martijn Lakemeier enthused the Shooting Star jury with his "emotionally captivating performance" in The East, a film about a dark chapter of Dutch colonial history. The judges described his performance as "honest, focused and understated in his approach, instilling his character with an intense vulnerability and audacious courage at the same time".

For the first time, EFP will present the ten emerging European actors to the film industry, public and international press as part of a three-day online programme. The 24th edition of European Shooting Stars, EFP's oldest and most prestigious initiative to promote European acting talent, will take place in the week before this year's online 71st Berlin International Film Festival.

Previous Dutch Shooting Stars include Bilal Wahib (Paradise Drifters) Jonas Smulders (Open Seas), Hannah Hoekstra (The Fury), Reinout Scholten van Aschat (Beyond Sleep), Abbey Hoes (Nena), Marwan Kenzari (Wolf), Sylvia Hoeks (The Girl and Death), Lotte Verbeek (Nothing Personal), Halina Reijn (Black Book) and Fedja van Huêt (Character).

The other Shooting Stars 2021 beside Martijn Lakemeier are: Seidi Haarla (Finland), Nicolas Maury (France), Albrecht Schuch (Germany), Natasa Stork (Hungary), Fionn O'Shea (Ireland), Žygimantė Elena Jakštaitė (Lithuania), Sara Klimoska (North Macedonia), Alba Baptista (Portugal) and Gustav Lindh (Sweden).

For more information:

European Film Promotion
Helen Peetzen (Press & Communication)
Tel: +49 179 119 6516

Agent Martijn Lakemeier
No19 Talent Management
Ph: +31 6 2904 2986



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