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December 11, 2013

Dutch actor Marwan Marwan Kenzari is selected to participate in the prestigious Shooting Stars event, organized by European Film Promotion (EFP), during the Berlin International Film Festival 2014. An international jury has selected a total of ten Shooting Stars for the event that takes place 8 – 10 February.

Marwan Kenzari (1983) graduated from Theater School Maastricht in 2009. After his graduation he started working for theatre company Toneelgroep Amsterdam and he acted on stage in many plays among which Ifigeneia in Aulis, Teorema, Roman Tragedies, Opening Night, Summer Trilogy, Children of the Sun, Angels in America and The Russians! He also appeared in several well known television productions, such as Flikken Maastricht (directed by Vincent Schuurman), Katia's Sister (directed by Mijke de Jong), Penoza (by Diederik van Rooijen) and Godforsaken 2 (by Jim Taihuttu).

In 2009 Marwan made his film debut in Maite Was Here, directed by Boudewijn Koole, and he had the role of Martin in Alex van Warmerdam's The Last Days of Emma Blank. He gained wide audience recognition after his role in Rabat, the first feature film of directors Jim Taihuttu and Victor D. Ponten. That same year Marwan also played in the award-winning film Loft by Antoinette Beumer.

In 2013 Marwan has been praised for his role in Wolf, directed by Jim Taihuttu, in which he plays Majid, a talented kickboxer from a grey, anonymous suburb in the Netherlands, for whom the lines of demarcation between the worlds of kickboxing and organised crime begin to blur. The film has been very succesful abroad and has been selected for festivals in Europe and the United States. At the Netherlands Film Festival Wolf was awarded among others the Golden Calf for Best Director and Best Actor and Kenzari is now known as one of the most versatile actors in Holland.

Next year Marwan can be seen on screen in three productions: he has the male lead role in Sanne Vogel's feature debut film Love Street, and in the thriller Reckless, by Joram Lürsen. In Lucia de B. by Paula van der Oest he will have a supporting role.

Shooting Stars is an initiative of European Film Promotion and aims to internationally highlight Young European actors and actresses. During the Berlin International Film Festival, a lot of  attention will be given to the potential international carreers of the Shooting Stars and they will be presented to leading filmmakers, producers, the wordlpress and important international casting directors.

Previous Dutch Shooting Stars are Sylvia Hoeks (The Girl and Death, The Best Offer), Lotte Verbeek (Nothing Personal, The Throne), Halina Reijn (Black Book, Isabelle) and Fedja van Huêt (Character, Loft).

Former non-Dutch Shooting Stars include the now world-famous Carey Mulligan, Daniel Craig, Franka Potente, Rachel Weisz and Daniel Brühl.

For more information about Shooting Stars:
European Film Promotion

For more information about Marwan Kenzari:
Janey van Ierland
nummer 19 management
Ph: +31 6 2362 0237

For interviews with Marwan Kenzari:
Anouk Goorman
Ph: +31 6 29 60 22 27

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