Bad Circumstances

Max Kestner, Denmark, 2018

58 min.DK/Documentary

The film freely imagines what happened during the mythical Denmark Expedition 1906-08 to The Northeast of Greenland. The indomitable amateur detective Steffen Holberg is determined to uncover the truth about the expedition: What were the circumstances that led to the tragic deaths of Ludvig Mylius-Erichsen, Niels Peter Høeg Hagen and Jørgen Brønlund? Was there more at stake in the expedition than two missing bodies? In his search for answers, Holberg goes on a voyage of discovery into the state archives, seeking help from experts, modern scanning technology and old-fashioned handwriting analysis. In the rugged terrain between reality and myth, past is interwoven with present into a larger tale about the human zeal to map new lands, gain new knowledge and create meaning in the apparent meaninglessness of human life.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Danish title Slette omstændigheder
Other titles Bad Circumstances
Keywords Greenland, , Denmark Expedition, 1900-1909
Director Max Kestner
Producer Henrik Veileborg
Director of Photography Max Kestner
Production country Denmark
Production companies Upfront Films
International sale Upfront Films / Ved Hegnet 27 / 3050 Humlebæk / t +45 5199 7200 / info@upfrontfilms.dk / upfrontfilms.dk
Comment Max Kestner has directed a number of acclaimed documentaries such as Max by Chance (2004), Blue Collar White Christmas (2004), Dreams in Copenhagen (2009) and Amateurs in Space (2016). He made his feature fiction debut with Man Divided (2017).
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte


Production companies Upfront Films
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut


Direction Max Kestner


Producer Henrik Veileborg


Cinematographer Max Kestner


Editor Nanna Frank Møller
Editor/grader Anders V. Christensen


Composer Flemming Nordkrog


Sound Peter Albrechtsen

Visual effects

Graphic design Torsten Høgh Rasmussen
Animator Torsten Høgh Rasmussen

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