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by Benjamin Ree


Magnus Carlsen is widely known as the ‘Mozart of Chess’ because, unlike many chess grandmasters, he not only possesses an innate ability and a remarkable memory, but he blends those attributes with unrivaled creativity and intuition. Memorized moves and calculated probabilities can carry a chess player extremely far. But Magnus’ journey eventually proves that there can be other elements of the game, ones that are impossible to measure or calculate. From a young age Magnus Carlsen had aspirations of becoming a champion chess player. While many players seek out an intensely rigid environment to hone their skills, Magnus’ brilliance shines brightest when surrounded by his loving and supportive family. Through an extensive amount of archival footage and home movies, director Benjamin Ree reveals this young man’s unusual and rapid trajectory to the pinnacle of the chess world. This film allows the audience to not only peek inside this isolated community but also witness the maturation of a modern genius.

international title: Magnus
original title: Magnus
country: Norway, Denmark
sales agent: TrustNordisk
year: 2016
genre: documentary
directed by: Benjamin Ree
film run: 76'
screenplay: Benjamin Ree, Linn-Jeanethe Kyed
cinematography by: Øyvind Asbjørnsen, Magnus Flåto, Vanchinathan Murugesan, Benjamin Ree
film editing: Perry Eriksen, Martin Stoltz
music: Uno Helmersson
producer: Sigurd Mikal Karoliussen
production: Moskus Film, Nordisk Film Production A/S, VGTV


main awards/selection

Tribeca Film Festival 2016 
Moscow International Film Festival 2016 
Zurich Film Festival 2016 

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