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Joely Mbundu, selected at Shooting Stars 2023

After Cannes, Joely Mbundu is about to light up the next edition of the Berlinale. Indeed, the young actress from Brussels will represent Belgium in the Shooting Stars program which aims to highlight young actors who represent the future of European cinema.

Discovered by the Dardenne brothers at the age of 16, Joely Mbundu starred in their latest film, Tori and Lokita, winner of the Prix du 75e at the last Cannes Film Festival.

Joely Mbundu plays Lokita, a teenage girl who has escaped from exile and arrives in Belgium with a young boy with whom she forms an unbreakable friendship, the only way to cope with the difficult conditions of exile.

Joely Mbundu, now 18, will travel to Berlin as part of the Shooting Stars operation, of which she is the youngest candidate. The jury, composed of film professionals, was impressed by "her emotional intensity and strong personality, which she blends with a moving openness and vulnerability."
Initiated in 1998 by EFP (European Film Promotion), the powerful European film promotion agency, Shooting Stars is a 4-day promotional and networking program designed as a springboard to launch the international careers of 10 young actors each year during the Berlinale.

In 20 years, Shooting Stars has accompanied the career beginnings of actors such as Jérémie Renier, Matthias Schoonaerts, Melvil Poupaud, Ludivine Sagnier, Cécile de France, Melanie Laurent, Adèle Haenel and many others. In total, more than 300 young European actors took their first steps on the international scene.

Shooting Stars 2023 will take place from 17 to 20 February 2023 in Berlin.


Tori and Lokita

Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Feature film / Fiction