Berlin Film Festival: Shooting Stars 2012

Making his legit debut at just 7 years old, Max Hubacher had graduated to the stage of the prestigious Schauspielhaus in Zurich by 13, in a production of Robert Walser’s “Liebestraum.” He made his film acting debut in 2009, age16, as one of the leads in Michael Schaerer’s drama “Stationspiraten.”

“Film and theater are demanding in different ways,” he says. “I like the fact that in theater you play the whole piece and go through the entire range of emotions in 90 or 120 minutes. Whereas on a film it’s more concentrated and, at the same time, much more piecemeal: you have two or three minutes of intensity, and then the camera has to be set up and the lights changed, and you start again. For weeks and weeks. So it’s difficult to sustain that level of focus. But honestly, I can’t decide which I prefer.”

Last year he took the title role in Markus Imboden’s “The Foster Boy,” a B.O. smash in his home territory. Next up is a supporting part in “Night Train to Lisbon” for helmer Bille August.

Asked whose career he’d like to emulate, he cites the late Heath Ledger, “mostly because he could play very different roles, in very different kinds of movies, and you never had a clear sense of what his image was.

“But I don’t want to be a big star, necessarily. My goal is to do the best work I can.”

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