Amateurs in Space / Amateurs in Space

Max Kestner (DK, 2016)

Amateurs in Space (Max Kestner, DK, 2016)

The two friends, Peter and Kristian, share a boyhood dream of traveling into space in their own home-built space rocket. If they succeed, the two Danes will write themselves into the annals of history as the world's first amateurs to go into space. Peter and Kristian, who are the only people on the project full-time, have gathered a small group of spaceflight enthusiasts who contribute to the project alongside their regular jobs. The team has been working like this for five years, with the majority of their building materials bought in DIY stores. And now their rocket is nearly ready. But different opinions arise and collide, and suddenly the two friends wind up in a serious argument. They lose their tempers and before long they are in a space race, not against the world, but each other.


Basic information

Danish titleAmateurs in Space
DirectorMax Kestner
Danish theatrical release02.11.2016
Online release2017-08-09
Production countryDenmark
Duration89 min.
Production companyDanish Documentary Production
With support fromDet Danske Filminstitut
Domestic distribution DOXBIO
International saleAutlook Filmsales / Spittelberggasse 3/14 / 1070 Wien / Austria / t +43 720 34 69 34 / /
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Danish ratingAllowed for all

Full credits

Max KestnerDirection
Sidsel Lønvig SierstedAssisting producer
Claus MejlingCinematographer
Poul MeyerCinematographer
Max KestnerCinematographer
Kim Høgh MikkelsenCinematographer
Hans MøllerSound design
Peter MadsenAppearance
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Festival screenings

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Festivals Festival date
Tehran, Cinéma Vérité, Documentary Film Festival 10-12-2017
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 01-11-2017
Paris Science Film Festival 02-10-2017
Reykjavik Film Festival 28-09-2017
Vilnius Documentary Film Festival 21-09-2017
Message to Man 15-09-2017
Perth Revelation Film Festival 06-07-2017
Transilvania International Film Festival 02-06-2017
Warszawa, Against Gravity 12-05-2017
Leuven, Docville 22-03-2017
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 03-03-2017
Tallinn, DocPoint 25-01-2017
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 23-01-2017
Amsterdam, IDFA 16-11-2016
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Anmeldelse (Politiken - Skotte Christensen, 1 November 2016)

Interview (BT - Johansson, 30 October 2016)

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