Mikkel Boe Følsgaard made a remarkable screen debut winning a Silver Bear for his role in Nikolaj Arcel's historical drama "A Royal Affair", where he plays alongside experienced and internationally renowned actors such as Mads Mikkelsen and Alicia Vikander.
As the first Dane to ever win this award, Følsgaard also convincingly played his way into 2013's lineup of Shooting Stars, according to the motivation from the international jury, who announced the ten young European acting talents Wednesday:
Shooting Stars is a pan-European initiative which spotlights young acting talents each year at the Berlin International Film Festival. The initiative is organized by European Film Promotion, a network of film agencies across Europe, and was launched for the first time in 1998. The talents are selected by an international jury.
DANISH SHOOTING STARS THROUGH THE YEARS
Pilou Asbæk / 2011
Spies & Glistrup, A Hijacking, R, Borgen (TV), World's Apart
Cyron Melville / 2009
Your & Me Forever, A Royal Affair, Fighter, The Killing (TV)
Stine Fischer Christensen / 2008
Die Unsichtbare (Germany), Princess, After the Wedding
... and ...
David Dencik / 2007
Beate Bille / 2006
Jakob Cedergren / 2005
Sonja Richter / 2004
Nikolaj Lie Kaas / 2003
Maria Würgler Rich / 2002
Ann Eleonora Jørgensen / 2001
Thure Lindhardt / 2000
Iben Hjejle / 1999
Lars Simonsen / 1998
"Seeing him in 'A Royal Affair', one instantly knows that he can play any part. For his first role, he is simply breathtaking, taking care of every detail, showing incredible physical adeptness. We never see him creating emotions, they are just there. Like a miracle."
Mikkel Boe Følsgaard was cast as the deranged king in Nikolaj Arcel's Danish Oscar contender a year before graduating from the Danish National School of Performing Arts and has a series of stage performances to his credit.
Now Følsgaard is off to his second performance on the big screen, "The Keeper of Lost Causes" by Mikkel Nørgaard and Zentropa. The film is an adaptation of Danish bestselling crime novelist Jussi Adler-Olsen and is set to release in autumn 2013. For television, Følsgaard has signed on for a ten-part drama series, "The Legacy", to be directed by Pernilla August ("Beyond").
Berlin International Film Festival 7-17 February