Actor Adam Davenport is a voting member of the European Film Academy for the European Film Awards, Europe’s Oscars that will take place on December 9 in Berlin. The five finalists for Best Picture are Matteo Garrone’s Me Capitano, Justine Triet’s Anatomy Of A Fall, Aki Kaurismaki’s Fallen Leaves in the Wind, Agnieszka Holland’s The Green Border and Jonathan Glazer’s The Zone Of Interest.

Davenport comments, “This is my first year voting as an Academy member. It was a very strong year for European cinema. As a voter, I don’t want to give away my opinion on individual films, but I think Sandra Hüller, star of Anatomy of a Fall and The Zone of Interest, embodies how the European actor can best work in different languages. There are not many American actors who can do that.”

Davenport also stars in the war film Heroes of Halyard, directed by Serbian director Rados Bajic and released in Serbia in October, topping the list of most viewed films in the country. The story is set in Serbia in 1944 and chronicles the largest rescue operation in aviation history, when 508 American and Allied pilots were brought to safety at a makeshift airfield in the village of Pranjani in the Moravica district. Heroes of Halyard will have its U.S. premiere at the Lumiere Music Hall in Beverly Hills on December 14, 2023.

Heroes of Halyard

Adam Davenport grew up in Harvey, Illinois. He graduated from Yale with a degree in film studies and wrote, directed, produced and edited the short film Midnight Son, starring Oscar winner Melissa Leo and Emmy nominee David Harbour (Stranger Things). With Leo, he co-produced Furlough, also starring Whoopi Goldberg, Anna Paquin, Tessa Thompson and Edgar Ramirez. In 2022, he co-starred in the film Glass Onion – Knives Out with Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Kate Hudson and Dave Bautista, with whom he shares a Satellite Award and Critics Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble. In New York, he became the first African-American producer to chart on Billboard for EDM and appeared on HBO’s High Maintenance. Upon moving to Belgrade, he founded The International Acting Studio (TIAS), where he introduced the Oscar-winning Chubbuck technique, used by Hollywood’s top actors and since then, worked with over 100 actors in the region, including Ana Geislerova, Kata Dobo and Jelena Gavrilovic, the most known actresses in Czech Repulbic, Hungary and Serbia.

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He comments, “In many of the European countries where I have worked as an acting teacher, I have noticed that there is a certain elitism that you can only be a professional actor if you have an acting degree from an academy or school. In the United States, we are not so strict: Edward Norton and Brad Pitt, for example, are not acting majors, but they studied acting in studios after college. In Hollywood, you are considered a professional actor if you have union status and are a member of the Screen Actors Guild. I think that mentality is starting to change in Europe as well.”