11-year old Argentine actress muses on her beginnings in film actingWednesday, February 19, 2014
Paula Hertzog: ‘I couldn’t stand the sight of me on film’
Young Argentine actress Paula Hertzog, 11, was a revelation at this year’s Berlin Film Festival as the lead actress in Ciencias Naturales (Natural Sciences). Córdoba filmmaker Matías Lucchesi’s debut feature walked away last weekend with the prize of the jury of the Generation Kplus section, awarded by a panel of jurors of the same age as the characters in the selected films.
Hertzog attended the Berlinale for the first time two years ago, following her debut performance in El premio (The Prize), a semi-autographic film by Paula Markovitch which won a Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Achievement.
In an interview from Berlin, Hertzog joked with reporters and said that “before my first film, my parents and friends had already taken so many pictures of me. But the truth is I was picked three days before they started shooting the film because they liked me on camera.”
“In spite of my lack of experience, I wasn’t afraid, it was as if the camera wasn’t there, I felt comfortable. However, when I saw myself I thought that my performance was bad and I really didn’t like my voice. I couldn’t stand the sight of me on film. But I eventually got used to how I look on the screen,” Hertzog said. Luchessi’s film, starring Hertzog alongside versatile actress Paola Barrientos, won the Berlin prize (endowed with 7,500 euro) for “showing a pure and distilled journey in search of identity,” the children and teenagers in the jury said.
“I feel I’ve grown up now. This new film suits my style better because it focuses on something that could happen anywhere. It’s happier, from my point of view,” Hertzog said. As for working with Barrientos, the young actress said “we got along smoothly because Paola is nice and funny, she made me laugh a lot. She helped me a lot with remembering my lines, she just made me feel calm and confident,” Hertzog added.
Herald with Telam