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Reporting from Berlin on the 68th edition February 15 -25, 2018
Our team of festival ambassadors and reporters bring you the dailies from the Berlin Film Festival and European Film Market and keep an eye on past editions archives. WATCH OUR VIDEO COVERAGE TRAILERS INTERVIEWS AND AMBIANCE

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European Shooting Stars: Matteo Simoni

Matteo Simoni - Belgium - European Shooting Stars 2018 


Interview / editing: Martin I. Petrov 



What’s the greatest thing about being in Berlin as a shooting star?


It’s great to meet people with the same goals. I believe in luck and coincidence and that

always the coin will fall on the right side in the right moment. I’m really proud to be

representing Belgium and I am open to see where this journey is going to take me. I am

fortunate that my job is my passion. Everyone here has their own talent and we all express

it in our own way.


You’ve worked in theatre, film and TV. Do you have a preference? 


Theatre is always in the core of mu heart, this is where I started. Film and TV are

fascinating and I would say similar in many aspects, it’s just the amount of time that is

shorter in cinema projects. For me what is interesting to discover my character and

become them. The danger with TV is that after certain point your character doesn’t have

more development potential. 


Anything you’d really love to do in a role? 


I felt really inspired by Jared Leto’s work in Dallas Byers Club, would love to get to do

something similar. I also love the Dardenne Brothers and would be great to get to work

with them. I am lucky that I have done different things in the last few years in Belgium, and

it’s great that people accept it. 


What advice would you give to people just starting in the industry? 


To keep trying and be themselves. You will fall many times, but it’s only when you get back

up that the good things come. If you are too greedy or arrogant, you won’t get far.

I love having a balance with my personal life, I travel, surf and do yoga, really helps me

move on. Also love, friendships and family are the most important and we always get back

to that no matter what we do. 


If not in Belgium and if not an actor, where would you be? 


A surf teacher in Bali, of course! And to try and enjoy every second in life. We are on a

search and we always need to try and do our best.



About Berlin

Chatelin Bruno

Berlin 2016: The dailies from the Berlin Film Festival brought to you by our team of festival ambassadors. Vanessa McMahon, Alex Deleon, Laurie Gordon, Ole Schulz Lia Fietz, Aida Amasuno Martin, Martin Petrov and Bruno Chatelin...
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