Private Project

MAX

The shortfilm "MAX" is about a boy who tries to overcome a childhood trauma. He suffered from domestic violence, and this film guides him on his way through therapy, conversations with his friends and his attempt to free himself from the past.

  • Juri Zanger
    Director
  • Juri Zanger
    Writer
  • Juri Zanger
    Producer
  • Julia Plach
    Assistant Director
  • Raphael Pribernig
    Camera & Cinematography
  • Georg Wiblinger
    Sound & Boompoleoperator
  • Sebastian Schmiedhofer
    Lighting
  • Joseph Cyril Stoisits
    Unit Manager
  • Juliana Handler
    Assistant Unit Manager
  • Emma Schaub
    Costume, Make-Up & Props
  • Pia Fischer-Windsteig
    Assistant in Costume, Make-Up & Props
  • Juliana Handler
    Catering
  • Julia Plach
    Catering
  • Georg Wiblinger
    Editing
  • Juri Zanger
    Editing
  • Raphael Pribernig
    Color Correction
  • Georg Wiblinger
    Sound Editing & Subtitles
  • Simon Maria Kubiena
    Key Cast
    “Max”
  • Silvia Schwinger
    Key Cast
    “Lina”
  • Hemma Clementi
    Key Cast
    “Mother”
  • Phillip Bauer
    Key Cast
    “Young Max”
  • Emil De Cillia
    Key Cast
    “Psychotherapist”
  • Kilian Berger
    Key Cast
    “Tim”
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    MAX
  • Film Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 10, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Austria
  • Country of Filming:
    Austria
  • Film Language:
    German
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Juri Zanger

I first stepped onto a stage when I was ten years old, and I was absolutely stunned of the possibility to be playing in a theatre. In the following years, I started as an actor in a children’s ensemble called „Gutgebrüllt“ in Vienna. After that, I joined the „Junges Ensemble Hörbiger“. Through these years, I played several classical pieces - from "The Talisman" (Nestroy) and "Jedermann" (von Hofmannsthal) to "Romeo and Juliet" (Shakespeare) and "Merlin or The waste land" (Dorst). In the meantime, I started to shoot series and films for TV (e.g. „SOKO Donau“, „Die Detektive“, „Die Kinder der Villa Emma“) as well as commercials and music videos (e.g. commercial for Puls4-TV and Sofasessions, music video for the rapper NAZAR and the pop-singer Rian).

Recently, I played at „Schauspielhaus Wien“ in 2016, in a 504-hours-installation by the swedish artist Thomas Bo Nilsson, and in 2017, in a piece written and directed by Thomas Köck. I also played as part of a guest performance in the DT Berlin (Deutsches Theater Berlin).

Besides my practical stage and set experience as an actor, I started to write my own scripts. In summer 2018, I had finally finished the script to "MAX". After a period of time, our film crew was complete and we started to work on this shortfilm together - which was an incredibly challenging but at the same time wonderful project.

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Director Statement

This film is especially dedicated to all those children, girls and boys, women and men, who suffered - or are still suffering - from violent behavior of their parents. "MAX" is the story of a boy who tries to get over his childhood and the memories that come with it. He got abused and beaten by his mother, and now, years later, as a teenage boy of 19 years, he is in therapy because he can't handle the past on his own. Domestic Violence is a vicious circle, but there is a way for everybody to get out of it. Even for Max, and thats what I try to express through this shortfilm: hope.