Natasha Braier, a Buenos Aires native, didn't emerge from the womb ready to shoot, but it was close. She shot her first short at eight with a super 8 camera, studied dance and art, and went on to earn a degree in still photography.
She went to film school in Argentina and later moved to the U.K. to earn a masters degree in cinematography at the National Film and Television School.
She got her big break with her first feature, 2006's "Glue," directed by Alexis Dos Santos. "It won in Rotterdam, toured the film festival circuit very successfully, and exposed me to a lot of up-and-coming directors who started calling me to shoot their films," she says.
Returning to Argentina, Braier shot "XXY," which went on to win best film at Cannes' Critics' Week and multiple international awards.
But she's probably best known for "The Milk of Sorrow," the drama that won the Golden Bear in Berlin and a 2010 foreign-language Oscar nom. That success also led to "non-stop commercials for a few years -- now I'm back at combining the two worlds, which is the best balance."
Braier just finished "Chinese Puzzle" directed by Cedric Klapisch and is currently in Australia prepping "The Rover," directed by David Michod ("Animal Kingdom"), starring Guy Pearce and Rob Pattinson.
"My approach is always very instinctive," she states. "I have to feel things in my gut first, then I figure out how to achieve them technically. The main thing is the connection with the director. I can be excited about any kind of film as long as I connect with the script and the director."
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