Tihana Lazovic, who plays the lead in Dalibor Matanic's acclaimed film "The High Sun" (Zvizdan), has been named one of the top ten European young actors as part of this year's European Shooting Stars programme.

"Playing three characters in three different stories of the Balkan conflict, Tihana carries all the emotions of love and hatred in her raw, forceful screen presence. We saw an instinctive, versatile actress who embodied the film's life-affirming humanity," reads the comment of the jury of the European Film Promotion (EFP) organisation, posted on The High Sun's Facebook account.

The new European acting talents will present themselves at the 66th Berlin Film Festival, to be held on February 11-21.

According to statistics so far, eight of the ten participants in the EFP's Shooting Stars programme have been given the opportunity to attend auditions resulting in their participation in international productions, the best examples of that being German actor Daniel Bruehl and Swedish actress Alicia VIkander, who has been nominated for the Golden Globe Award in two categories.

The other shooting stars this year are Martha Canga Antonio (Belgium), Lou de Laage (France), Jella Haase (Germany), Daphne Patakia (Greece), Atli Oskar Fjalarsson (Iceland), Sara Serraiocco (Italy), Reinout Scholten van Aschat (Netherlands), Maria Valverde (Spain) and Kacey Mottet Klein (Switzerland).

Lazovic is the third Croatian actress to participate in the Shooting Stars programme. Zrinka Cvitesic did so in 2010 and Marija Skaricic in 2011.

The European Film Promotion is a network of promotion and marketing organisations from 35 European countries working to bring together European film talents on joint projects. The Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC) has been a member since 2008. 

The Shooting Stars programme, which this year is being held for the 19th time, is one of the EFP's initiatives and its purpose is to present new European acting talents to film professionals from around the world. 

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