Luna Wedler is Shooting Star 2018
Luna Wedler, Photo: Mathias Bothor

Luna Wedler is Shooting Star 2018

Swiss actress Luna Wedler will be honoured as a Shooting Star at the Berlinale 2018. With its Shooting Stars Award, the European Film Promotion EFP promotes the ten most talented actors in Europe every year.

Luna Wedler was born in 1999 in Switzerland to a Swiss mother and a German father. She obtained a degree in Contemporary Dance and is currently studying at the European Film Actor School in Zurich. At the age of 14, she was cast for the film AMATEUR TEENS. This coming-of-age drama won the Audience Award at the Zurich Film Festival as well as the Zurich Film Award and was nominated for the Swiss Film Award 2016.

With BLUE MY MIND in San Sebastian
Luna Wedler’s first leading role was in BLUE MY MIND, Lisa Brühlmann’s fiction film debut. She played the 15-year-old Mia, whose entire existence is called into question as her body begins to transform.

The film was produced by tellfilm GmbH and celebrated its premiere at this year’s film festival in San Sebastian 2017. It garnered three awards at the Zurich Film Festival. In January 2018, BLUE MY MIND will be screened in competition at the Film Festival Max Ophuels Prize in Saarbrücken.

Luna Wedler will be performing in various roles in 2018: featured once again a leading role in the German fiction film DAS SCHÖNSTE MÄDCHEN DER WELT (director: Aron Lehmann; production & distribution: Tobis Film), a modern version of the Cyrano de Bergerac story. Furthermore, Luna Wedler is part of the cast in the European TV crime series DAS TEAM (Regie: Kasper Gaardsøe, Produktion: Network Movie) and in Hannes Baumgartner’s fiction film MIDNIGHT RUNNER (production: Contrast Film).

Youngest Shooting Star
Swiss actress Luna Wedler is the youngest participant among the ten European Shooting Stars. The 5-member jury expressed utter enthusiasm for her acting performance: “With a fearless performance in BLUE MY MIND, Luna Wedler stands tall as a spontaneous and bold actor. She embodies an on-screen presence that is breathtaking and intense, leaving us with the impression that she has a natural ability to express strong emotions” (from the jury statement). During the 68th Berlinale, the young talents have the opportunity to meet with international film professionals and casting agencies, as well as participate in networking events.

European Film Promotion & Talent Exchange
European Film Promotion (EFP) is comprised of 37 European promotion and marketing organisations aiming to bolster European films. The Shooting Stars event is just one of the initiatives by EFP geared towards fostering Europe’s most talented young actors, as well as an important talent exchange for actors. The event served as a stepping for many former Shooting Stars: for example, Swiss actors Joel Basman, Max Hubacher, Carla Juri and Sven Schelker; German actors Daniel Brühl and Jella Haase; Swedish actress Alicia Vikander; and the two English actresses Carey Mulligan and Maisie Williams. In 2016 Kacey Mottet Klein (SISTER, KEEPER) was Switzerland’s Shooting Star in Berlin.

EFP Shooting Stars

Swiss Shooting Stars

SWISS FILMS, December 19, 2017