Magnus

Spotlight

World Premiere

Norway | 76 MINUTES | English, Norwegian | English subtitles

MAGNUS

Documentary, Female Screenwriter(s)
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.

—Tilson Allen-Merry


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CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Benjamin Ree

Benjamin Ree is a Norwegian documentary filmmaker. He studied journalism at the Oslo University College and moved on to work as a journalist for Reuters and freelance for BBC. A few years later he started making award winning short documentaries, which premiered at IDFA and Chicago International Children's Film Festival.
Director
Benjamin Ree
Screenwriter
Linn-Jeanethe Kyed, Benjamin Ree
Producer
Sigurd Mikal Karoliussen, Moskus Film
Editor
Perry Eriksen, Martin Stoltz
Cinematographer
Magnus Flåto, Benjamin Ree, Øyvind Asbjørnsen
Executive Producer
Aage Aaberge, Øyvind Asbjørnsen
Composer
Uno Helmersson
Co-Producer
VG TV, Main Island Production, Nordisk Film
Cast
Magnus Carlsen, Garri Kasparov, Viswanathan Anand

CONTACTS

International Sales Contact
Susan Wendt
TrustNordisk
Hvidovre, DK-2650
Phone: +45 3686 8788
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Press Contact
Daniela Syrovy
Clutch PR
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US Sales Contact
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TrustNordisk
Hvidovre, DK-2650
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Print Source
Toril Simonsen
Norwegian Film Institute
Oslo, 0105
Phone: +47 2247 4500
ts@nfi.no