Amateurs in Space

Max Kestner, Denmark, 2016

89 min.DK/Documentary

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 Credits Festivals & awards Materials
Original title Amateurs in Space
Danish title Amateurs in Space
Keywords Denmark, Space, Space exploration, Space missions, Space rockets, 2010-2019
Director Max Kestner
Producer Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
Director of Photography Claus Mejling, Poul Meyer, Max Kestner, Kim Høgh Mikkelsen
Editor Jacob Thuesen
Sound Hans Møller
Composer Paul Leonard-Morgan
Appearances Peter Madsen, Kristian von Bengtson
Production country Denmark
Production company Danish Documentary Production
Domestic distribution DOXBIO
International sales Autlook Filmsales / Spittelberggasse 3/14 / 1070 Wien / t +43 670 208 7881 / welcome@autlookfilms.com / autlookfilms.com
Danish theatrical release 02.11.2016
Online release 09.08.2017
Comment World premiere in competition at IDFA 2016. Max Kestner has directed a number of acclaimed documentaries such as Max by Chance (2004), Blue Collar White Christmas (2004) and Dreams in Copenhagen (2009). He is making his feature fiction debut with Man Divided (2017).
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all


Production company Danish Documentary Production
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut
Domestic distribution DOXBIO


Direction Max Kestner


Producer Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
Assisting producer Sidsel Lønvig Siersted


Cinematographer Claus Mejling
Cinematographer Poul Meyer
Cinematographer Max Kestner
Cinematographer Kim Høgh Mikkelsen


Editor Jacob Thuesen


Music Paul Leonard-Morgan


Sound designer Hans Møller


Appearance Peter Madsen
Appearance Kristian von Bengtson

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Tehran, Cinéma Vérité, Documentary Film Festival 2017-12-10
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2017-11-01
Reykjavik Film Festival 2017-09-28
Message to Man 2017-09-15
Transilvania International Film Festival 2017-06-02
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2017-05-12
Leuven, Docville 2017-03-22
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2017-03-03
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 2017-01-23
Amsterdam, IDFA 2016-11-16
Det Danske Filminstitut registrerer international festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, dog primært de titler, som Filminstituttet varetager i sin festivaldistribution, og primært i forbindelse med de festivaler, som Filminstituttet har prioriteret at samarbejde med. Registreringen af festivaldeltagelse og priser til danske film, der ikke er i festivaldistribution, foretages kun for "launch"-festivaler ifølge Filminstituttets prioriterede festivalliste. Se listen over prioriterede festivaler.

Reviews and articles

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Type Source Author Date
Anmeldelse Information Monggaard, Christian 2016-11-04
Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden Skotte Christensen, Kim 2016-11-01
Interview BT Johansson, Susanne 2016-10-30