Emerging Georgian actor awarded European Shooting Stars prize at Berlinale
20 February, 2018
Emerging Georgian actor awarded European Shooting Stars prize at Berlinale
On February 19, 10 best emerging actors from Europe were awarded at the 68th annual Berlin International Film Festival. Each actor was given a prestigious European Shooting Stars Award.

Among them was promising Georgian actor Irakli Kvirikadze, who earned this prize for his role in 2017 drama film Hostages directed by Rezo Gigineishvili.

European Film Promotion published a list of European Shooting Stars in December. As members of jury said, Georgian actor captivated them with his "natural presence and overwhelming
energy" in HOSTAGES.

Glashuette Original Day 3 at the 68th Berlinale International Film Festival. Irakli Kvirikadze on the left

Earlier, before the award ceremony at Berlinale Palast, Kvirikadze was featured in a trailer for the 10 most talented young actors throughout Europe. The trailer introduced 10 emerging talents with the most impressive episodes of their roles in recent films.


68th Berlinale International Film Festival - Shooting Stars Award holders

It is noteworthy, that Irakli Kvirikadze is the first Georgian actor who was nominated for such prestigious award. The actor will be presented to the film industry, public and international press during the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, which will last until February 25.

Emerging Georgian actor Irakli Kvirikadze is best-known for Hostages, a film directed and written by Rezo Gigineishvili and co-written with Georgian writer Lasha Bugadze. It was screened in the Panorama section at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.
European Shootings Stars 2018 © Vittorio Zunino Celotto / EFP The image shows from left-right: Franz Rogowski (Germany), Luna Wedler (Switzerland), Michaela Coel (United Kingdom), Matilda De Angelis (Italy), Eili Harboe (Norway), Jonas Smulders (The Netherlands), Alba August (Sweden), Matteo Simoni (Belgium), Irakli Kvirikadze (Georgia), Reka Tenki (Hungary).

Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Irakli Kvirikadze studied acting at Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film State University. In 2014, Kvirikadze played the leading role in the omnibus production of TBILISI I LOVE YOU. With the purpose to continue his studies, he moved to New York City to take acting classes at the famed Stella Adler Studio. While being in New York, he met director Rezo Gigineishvili who offered him the leading role in his award-winning film HOSTAGES. After shooting the film in Georgia, Kvirikadze moved to Los Angeles, where he is currently based.


Movie Hostages depicts the tragic reality from Georgia’s past. It describes real events that took place in 1983 when seven young Georgians, all from intellectual elite families, attempted to flee the Soviet Union by hijacking an airliner. Their attempt ended with a storming of the airliner by Soviet special forces. The surviving hijackers were subsequently tried and executed.

Watch trailer of Hostages

Hostages is a joint Georgian-Polish-Russian production funded both by Georgian National Film Center and Poland’s National Film Center. The cast is as follows: Tina Dalakishvili, Irakli Kvirikadze, Giga Datiashvili, Giorgi Grdzelidze, Beka Lemonjava, Giorgi Tabidze, Giorgi Khurtsilava, Vakhtang Chachanidze, Ekaterine Kalatozishvili, Darejan Kharshiladze, Merab Ninidze, Avtandil Makharadze and Misha Gomiashvili.


Irakli Kvirikadze at Berlinale

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