Bill Skarsgård, Sweden
Jury's comment: In SIMON AND THE OAKS, Skarsgård conveys depth, emotion and deep longing as a young man plunged into an identity crisis and desperate to know more about his family background. His acting feels like an exploration that we are lucky enough to witness.
Aged 21, Bill Skarsgård has gone from being a child actor to a leading man in no time. He had supporting roles in Peter Flinth's ARN and Carl Åstrand and Mats Lindberg's KENNY BEGINS before being cast as the lead character with Aspberger Syndrome in Andreas Öhman's Oscar-shortlisted SIMPLE SIMON.
Last year, international audiences saw Bill portraying a troubled young man in search of a father figure in Hannes Holm's BEHIND BLUE SKIES. He has followed this with a lead role in Lisa Ohlin's SIMON AND THE OAKS and a supporting part in Ella Lemhagen's THE CROWN JEWELS which will be shown at the 2012 Berlinale. Currently, Bill is working on Joe Wright's new adaptation of ANNA KARENINA.