Mateusz Kosciukiewicz among Europe’s most talented young actors
December 13, 2013
Poland’s Mateusz Kosciukiewicz is one of ten winners of the 2014 Shooting Star title in a special program organized by European Film Promotion (EFP) aimed at promoting young and talented European actors.
The ten Shooting Stars were selected from among 24 candidates, submitted for consideration by EFP members. Kosciukiewicz was nominated by the Polish Film Institute. The final selection of most talented European young actors was made based on the actors' artistic accomplishments by an international jury.
“Mateusz has an intense screen presence. In contemporary Polish drama “In the Name of”, he ingeniously conveys a character that journeys from enigmatic misfit to wildly unpredictable ticking bomb, enlivening his performance with a goofy energy and finally a beguiling tenderness. At all times, we were carried along with conviction”, the jury said in a comment.
After studying drama in the southern city of Cracow, Kosciukewicz made his film debut in Peter Greenaway's Nightwatching. With his performance in Jacek Borcuch's “All That I Love”, Mateusz received the Polish Film Award as "Discovery of the Year". For his role in “Mother Teresa of Cats”, he won Poland's top award for upcoming talent, the Zbyszek Cybulski Award.
Kosciukiewicz is the fourth Polish actor to be named a Shooting Star. Agnieszka Grochowska, Agata Buzek and Jakub Gierszał are three Polish artists who had been named Shooting Stars in 2007, 2010 and 2012 respectively.
The Shooting Stars nomination launched an international career for many European actors, including Franka Potente, Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig.
The award presentation ceremony will be held during the 64th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb.8-10).