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Max Embarrassing

Max Embarrassing
International title Max Pinlig
Section Enfants Terribles - 47 edición
Country Dinamarca
Year 2008
Running time 98
Director Lotte Svendsen
Screenplay Tommy Bredsted, Mette Horn, Lotte Svendsen
Film Editing Camilla Ebling
Photography Lars Skree
Music Jens Brygmann
Art direction Manduela riger-Kusk
Production Per Holst
Cast Samuel Heller-Seiffert (Max), Mette Horn, Lars Bom (Steen Cold), Louise Mieritz (Ulla), Rasmus Bjerg (Carlo), Anna Agafia Svideniouk Egholm (Esther), Faysal Mobahriz (Hassan), Ophelia Eriksen, Anders Hove (Mogens)

Asta Film

Distribution Company

Danish Film Institute


 Max is 12, and his only friend is the Afghan boy from the corner store.  His home is unattractive and he isn’t popular at school. On top of it all, he’s somewhat clumsy and his mother never stops teasing him. So it’s easy to see why Max often wishes the earth would swallow him. But when he tries to make friends with Ofelia, a girl from his class, he begins to realize that he isn’t the only one with things to be embarrassed about, and that everyone (his parents included), is only human. This film addresses the no-man’s-land between childhood and adolescence: the time when children want to be treated as adults, and parents find it hard to accept that their children are no longer children.

Director bio

Svendsen was born in Denmark in 1968. Before graduating in Direction from the National Film School of Denmark in 1995, he had written and directed for television. He wrote and directed the television series Emma’s Dilemma, as well as several short fiction films such as Royal Blues (1997), for which he won the Grand Prix at the Odense Film Festival, the Nordic Film Prize and the Robert Prize from the the Danish Film Academy. He received the Carl Theodor Dreyer award for his work in 2000. His first feature length film was the socio-political satire Bornholms Stemme (1999). Max Pinlig, his latest feature film, has been awarded with a Robert Prize, a Crystal Bear in Berlin, and a Generation Kplus special mention.