2022-01-13 12:29Press release

Evin Ahmad selected as Shooting Star 2022

Evin Ahmad. Photo by Patrick Karlsson Evin Ahmad. Photo by Patrick Karlsson

European Film Promotion has selected Swedish actress Evin Ahmad as one of the 10 European Shooting Stars for 2022. 

European Film Promotion (EFP) today announced the ten emerging European talents for this year's 25th anniversary edition of European Shooting Stars. From 11-14 February the selected ten will be presented to the international press, the industry and the public in an exclusive programme during this year's 72nd Berlinale.

Swedish actress Evin Ahmad has been chosen by EFP as one of the most promising and talented European actors working today.

– This is a dream come true! I've been following the festival for many years, and some actors I look up to have won the award, like Riz Ahmed and Michaela Coel, so this makes me very happy. It’s an absolute honour to be among the other gifted people who have also become Shooting Stars. I am really looking forward to the festival, says Evin Ahmad. 

Motivation of the Jury:

Evin Ahmad radiates unique energy which is both enigmatic and approachable. Smoothly integrating many sides of the same coin, she exudes strength, resilience, vulnerability, as well as a self-aware sense of humor. Her charm is natural and unpretentious, while her glamor and playfulness contribute to her potentially dangerous beauty. We see a very bright future ahead and foresee a lot of international opportunities.

Swedish-Kurdish actress and writer Evin Ahmad has quickly become one of Sweden’s most sought-after young talents. She has been nominated twice for the Guldbagge Award, Sweden’s equivalent to the Academy Awards: in 2018 for Beyond Dreams directed by Rojda Sekersöz and in 2020 for Call Mom! directed by Lisa Aschan.

Ahmad’s film debut came in 2007 with an adaptation of Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s novel One Eye Red. Additional credits include Palme d’Or contestant Girls of the Sun, Tsunami and The Restaurant. In 2017, Ahmad's first novel, One Day I Will Build a Castle of Money, was published. The novel discusses the inequality in Sweden between the suburbs and the inner city and has been described as “a brilliantly written and stylistically perfect debut about power and class, guilt and legacy.”

Ahmad is also known for starring in three seasons of the Danish post-apocalyptic Netflix series The Rain and in the Netflix Swedish crime drama series Quicksand. Currently, she is set to star in the second season of the Swedish Netflix Original series Snabba Cash, adapted from best-selling author Jens Lapidus' Stockholm Noir crime trilogy.

The European Shooting Stars Awards Ceremony will take place on 14 February 2022 at the Berlinale Palast.

Prior Swedish Shooting Stars include Gustav Lindh (2021), Ardalan Esmaili (2019), Alba August (2018), Karin Franz Körlof (2017), Bill Skarsgård (2012), Alicia Vikander (2011) and Tuva Novotny (2002).

The ten selected European Shooting Stars for 2022 are: Gracija Filipović (Croatia), Marie Reuther (Denmark), Anamaria Vartolomei (France), Emilio Sakraya (Germany), Clare Dunne (Ireland), Hanna van Vliet (The Netherlands), João Nunes Monteiro (Portugal), Timon Sturbej (Slovenia), Souheila Yacoub (Switzerland) and Evin Ahmad (Sweden).

For interviews with Evin Ahmad, please contact

Aleksandra Mandic
+46 736 00 96 20

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