Maximilien Van Aertryck is a Swedish film director, known for his feature films, documentaries and short films. He is a graduate of the National Film School of Denmark and has won numerous awards for his work, including a nomination for the European Film Academy Award for Best Short Film.
Born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1984, Van Aertryck began his film career at a young age. He wrote and directed his first short film, ‘The Slingshot’, in 2006 and it went on to win multiple awards including the Grand Prix at the Odense International Film Festival. After this success he continued to make short films, developing his own style and technique.
In 2011, Van Aertryck co-directed the feature-length film ‘Eat Sleep Die’, which won numerous awards including the Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival. After this success, he directed the feature-length documentary ‘Titicut Follies’, which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary.
In 2013, Van Aertryck directed the feature-length drama ‘Force Majeure’, which was a critical and commercial success and earned him a nomination for the European Film Award for Best Short Film. The film follows a family on a ski holiday in the French Alps and explores the concept of how one's relationships can be affected by unexpected events.
Van Aertryck has also directed a number of television series and short films, including the award-winning ‘The Square’ which won the Grand Prix at the International Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand. His most recent feature-length film was ‘The Giant’, which won the Best Feature Film award at the Norwegian International Film Festival in 2016.
Van Aertryck continues to direct films that explore complex human relationships and emotions, often with a strong focus on family and interpersonal dynamics. He is considered one of Sweden's most talented and innovative directors and his work has been recognised internationally.