Max Hubacher – Shooting Star 2012
European acting talent in the limelight at the Berlinale
Shooting Stars is just one of the numerous events initiated by European Film Promotion (EFP), aiming to render European film productions visible. SWISS FILMS is a member of this association of film promotion agencies. Since 1998 EFP has presented during the International Film Festival in Berlin Europe’s new generation of acting talent: the “Shooting Stars”. The event has evolved into a label and become a talent exchange for young actors. Switzerland has participated since 1999. Since 2008 a jury has selected the ten best candidates.
Born in 1993 in Bern, Switzerland, Max Hubacher had a taste of theatre already at the age of seven, with his first performances in a children’s theatre awakening his passion for the stage. At the age of 13 Max appeared in the Schauspielhaus Zürich, playing the role of Paul in “Liebestraum” by Robert Walser (director: Thomas Koerfer). Since 2007 Hubacher has been a member of the “14+ Youth Theatre Club” affiliated with the Schlachthaus Theater in Bern. The club is frequently invited to youth theatre festivals with its productions. Max Hubacher’s first appearance before the camera was in 2009, starring in one of the leading roles as Michi, a cancer patient, in the motion picture “Stationspiraten” (director: Michael Schaerer). “Stationspiraten” has been honoured with numerous awards: for example, at the Max Ophuels Prize Film Festival 2011; at the International Filmfest Emden 2011; and at the 6th Zurich Film Festival. The film was also nominated for the Swiss Film Prize «Quartz 2011» as Best Fiction Film. His next leading role was not long in coming: Max Hubacher was cast for the title role of the motion picture “The Foster Boy” (Der Verdingbub, director: Markus Imboden), in which he performed opposite Katja Riemann and Stefan Kurt and receives the Swiss Film Prize «Quartz 2012» as Best Actor. Max Hubacher has also been cast in a minor role in “Night Train To Lisbon” (director: Bille August), scheduled for release in cinemas in 2013. (Update 04/2012)