Lithuanian Aistė Diržiūtė shines bright in Berlin

European Film Promotion (EFP) and its supporters were thrilled to lead their EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS 2015 into the spotlight this evening, as all ten actors, including Lithuanian actress Aistė Diržiūtė, walked the red carpet at the prestigious Berlinale Palast. 

Aistė Diržiūtė.©Isa Foltin

Aistė Diržiūtė.©Isa Foltin

‘The Award handed to me by Natalie Portman is in my hands, I am going home full of experiences and new friendships in my heart,” says 23-year-old Aistė Diržiūtė. “The shiny part of the programme is over and now the real work and representation of Lithuania begins. I feel elevated and honoured, but there is much to do when I get home. There is time to shine and time to work!”

Aistė Diržiūtė (6 iš kairės). Vittorio Zunino Celotto nuotrauka.

©Vittorio Zunino Celotto

This red carpet moment, in the presence of festival director Dieter Kosslick and Monika Grütters, German State Minister for Culture and the Media, was followed by an Awards ceremony, hosted by the star of this year’s Competition entry Knight of Cups, Natalie Portman. The internationally acclaimed actress presented all ten up-and-coming performers with an individual SHOOTING STARS award, warmly offering her congratulations on their achievements – and future endeavours – in the European film industry.

Aistė Diržiūtė. Vittorio Zunino Celotto nuotrauka.

Aistė Diržiūtė. ©Vittorio Zunino Celotto


Aistė Diržiūtė plays Austė in Lithuanian director’s Alantė Kavaitė feature film “The Summer of Sangaile” which has just had its European premiere in Berlinale‘s Panorama.

Aistė Diržiūtė Sangailėje4

A shot from The Summer of Sangaile

The list of 2015 Shooting Stars includes: Joachim Fjelstrup (Denmark), Jannis Niewöhner (Germany), Emmi Parviainen (Finland), Hera Hilmar (Iceland), Moe Dunford (Ireland), Aistė Diržiūtė (Lithuania), Abbey Hoes (The Netherlands), Natalia de Molina (Spain), Sven Schelker (Switzerland), and Maisie Williams (UK).