Icelandic actress Hera Hilmarsdóttir (Life in a Fishbowl, 2014) accepted her European Shooting Star award in from U.S. actress Natalie Portman at the Berlinale film awards ceremony in Berlin last night, ruv.is reports. The prize was awarded to ten young actors in Europe.
“Just a casual kiss and whisper with Natalie Portman,” Hera tweeted alongside the above image of her accepting the award..
Hera Hilmarsdóttir (third from right) at the ceremony. Photo: Hera Hilmarsdóttir/Twitter.
In its announcement of the winners in December, the jury commented that, “Hera was an easy choice to make, showing herself as adept and expressive when performing in English as her native Icelandic and playing historical characters just as effortlessly as their modern-day counterparts. Despite those timeless, angelic looks, however, Hera’s range is deceptive—there’s definitely a fire there.”
Previous winners include British actor Daniel Craig, who has gone on to play in many major international film projects, including James Bond. Icelanders to have previously won the award include Hilmar Guðjónsson (2012) and Edda Magnason (2014), who is half-Swedish.