Max by Chance

Max Kestner, Denmark, 2004

29 min.DK/DocumentaryPortrait films

This is the story of Max, the director's own story, playfully animated within the realms of documentary. Max's story traces back several generations to sailers, industrialists and Summer of Love hippies - everyone depicted with whole-hearted love and equal amounts of irony. But there is something more at stake here, something larger than the biographical filmic note of a single man. The film embraces with vulnerable playfulness life's many coincidences and grapples with questions such as genetics, destiny and family patterns.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Rejsen på ophavet
Danish title Rejsen på ophavet
Keywords Denmark, 2000-2009, Kestner, Max, Identity, Family life
Director Max Kestner
Screenplay Max Kestner
Producer Elise Lund Larsen, Vibeke Vogel, Lisbet Gabrielsson
Director of Photography Erik Molberg Hansen, Mårten Nilsson, Max Kestner
Editor Nanna Frank Møller
Sound Morten Green
Composer Povl Kristian
Production country Denmark
Production company Barok Film
Domestic distribution Barok Film
International sales Barok Film A/S / Voldmestergade 9 / 2100 København Ø / t +45 24822742 / Aw@barokfilm.dk / www.barokfilm.dk
TV release 24.11.2004, DR 2
Find more EKKO, nr. 28, juni-juli 2005
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all


Production company Barok Film
Domestic distribution Barok Film


Direction Max Kestner


Script Max Kestner


Production Elise Lund Larsen
Producer Elise Lund Larsen
Producer Vibeke Vogel
Producer Lisbet Gabrielsson


Cinematography Erik Molberg Hansen
Cinematography Mårten Nilsson
Cinematography Max Kestner


Editing Nanna Frank Møller


Music Povl Kristian


Sound Morten Green


Voice Max Kestner


Animation Martin de Thurah

Awards and nominations

Award Year Festival
2nd Prize for Best Short 2005 Durham, Full Frame 2005
Nominated for the Silver Wolf Award 2004 Amsterdam, IDFA 2004
Special Mention 2004 CPH:DOX 2004

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Taipei Film Festival 2007-06-22
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 2007-01-24
Lithuania Scanorama Film Forum 2006-11-11
Dokufest Prizren 2006-08-08
Skip City International D-Cinema Festival 2005-07-16
Durham, Full Frame 2005-04-07
Amsterdam, IDFA 2004-11-18
CPH:DOX 2004-11-05
Odense Internationale Film Festival 2004-08-09
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