2021-01-12 11:08Press release

Gustav Lindh selected as Shooting Star 2021 by European Film Promotion

Gustav Lindh. Photo © Mattias HussGustav Lindh. Photo © Mattias Huss

The European Film Promotion Jury has selected Gustav Lindh as one of the 10 European Shooting Stars for 2021. Gustav Lindh can currently be seen in the Guldbagge-nominated social distancing feature Orca, as well as in two seasons of the Viaplay TV series Love Me.

Swedish actor Gustav Lindh has been selected as one of the most interesting and promising actors in Europe at the moment, and will participate in a three day online programme of promotion and networking activities, including talks covering all aspects of casting, from 23–25 February. The ten Shooting Stars will then be presented at a live red carpet award ceremony at the 2021 Berlin International Film Festival Summer Screenings (date TBA). 

– This is a great honour. The possibility to make new international acquaintances is such a privilege. I will try my very best to make the most of it. I’m so very grateful and happy! says Gustav Lindh.

Motivation of the jury:

Gustav Lindh creates a strong and complex character with a raw vigor that locks your eyes onto the screen whenever he is present. In a unique and fearless performance that is both humble and layered, Lindh never backs away from a moment, embodying his character and his sense of isolation one hundred percent. We see a very bright future ahead for this powerhouse.

Gustav Lindh, born in Västerås, Sweden, is one of the brightest stars of the Nordic film and TV world. Despite his young age, he has an impressive resume and has managed to work with some of the most renowned creators in Scandinavia. During his training at the Dramatic School of Arts in Lund, he took part in internationally acclaimed productions such as The Circle (Levan Akin, 2015), the TV series Jordskott and Springfloden and the miniseries, De dagar som blommorna blommar. He was selected Rising Star at Stockholm Film Festival in 2017, and in 2019, Gustav Lindh drew attention for his raw and heart-breaking portrayal of the troubled teenager in Queen of Hearts. The film, directed by May el-Toukhy, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and took the cinematic world by storm. For this role, Lindh was awarded Winner of the Young Competition at the Hong Kong International Film Festival and the prestigious Bodil award, the Danish Golden Globe. Being one of the most prolific actors of his generation, Gustav Lindh can currently be seen in two seasons of the Viaplay TV series Love Me and in the feature films Orca, directed by Josephine Bornebusch and Riders of Justice, directed by Anders Thomas Jensen. He is currently in Belfast, shooting Robert Eggers' The Northman, starring opposite Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgård.

Prior Swedish Shooting Stars include 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 2021 are: Seidi Haarla (Finland), Nicolas Maury (France), Albrecht Schuch (Germany), Natasa Stork (Hungary), Fionn O’Shea (Ireland), Elena Jakstaite (Lithuania), Martijn Lakemeijer (The Netherlands), Sara Klimoska (North Macedonia), Alba Baptista (Portugal) and Gustav Lindh (Sweden).

For interviews with Gustav Lindh, please contact

Aleksandra Mandic
+46 736 00 96 20

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