Croatian actress Gracija Filipović was presented with the Shooting Stars award at a ceremony during the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival on Monday.
The awarded is presented every year to the biggest young acting hopes and this year the Croatian was among 10 young actors selected by European Film Promotion for the 25th anniversary edition of European Shooting Stars.
Gracija, who played her first leading role in the award-winning feature film Murina by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović, impressed the jury for her ‘intuitive and original acting, which she performs with a level of maturity surprising for her age’.
The Croatian was the youngest Shooting Stars recipient this year and one of the youngest participants in the program ever.
“I feel very happy and excited and I am really honored to be part of such a program. Of course there is a bit of trepidation, especially considering that I am younger than the others who were chosen, but I think this is a great way to encourage young Europeans actresses and actors, but also an opportunity to meet important people on the European film scene and promotion at the international level,” said Gracija earlier on being selected.
Gracija was born in 2002. She acted in the theater in Dubrovnik, and made her film debut in Little Fat Raccoon directed by Barbara Vekarić in 2004.
Her collaboration with director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović began with the short film Into the Blue (2017), and continued with the first feature film by the same author, Murina. In addition to her acting career, Gracija Filipović is a professional swimmer and step dancer. She is also studying biology in Zagreb.
She is the fourth Croatian actress to be admitted to the program. Her predecessors are Zrinka Cvitešić (2010), Marija Škaričić (2011) and Tihana Lazović (2016), whilst producer Ankica Jurić Tilić in 2018 was one of the members of the jury that selects participants.