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MagnusBenjamin Ree

The 13-year-old Magnus wants to be world champion in chess. He surprises the world by beating 10 of the world's best players at the age of 25, being blindfolded! Director Benjamin Ree zooms in on the Magnus force that makes him exceptional: his intuition. An amazing film showing that being a genius often has nothing to do with analysis, but with sense, intuition and feeling.

Norwegian chess player Magnus Carlsen is called the Mozart of chess. He became the world's most promising chess talent since Bobby Fischer. What distinguishes him from other chess masters is his intuitive ability. Magnus trusts his senses without dealing with the memorization of computer analysis. At the age of 25 he is able to beat 10 of the world's best chess players, in these simultaneous games his gift becomes extremely apparent.
Even if you know nothing about chess, this entertaining documentary is highly recommended for it is a celebration of young intuitive talent. We see Magnus as a warm and playful young guy, far removed from the classic image of the hyper-intelligent and nerdy chess masters such as Bobby Fischer, who are often prisoners of their own minds. Magnus was followed over a long period, so the viewer gets to see him grow and share his dream. Magnus is a film granting chess a whole new and unprecedented status and meaning, depicting a genuine and fascinating portrait of unexpected greatness.


Vertoond op editie(s) 2017
Screened at edition(s) 2017


Directed by Benjamin Ree
78 min.
Norwegian, English
Subtitles: Dutch


Docs for kids* | Festival favorites*


Benjamin Ree


Sigurd Mikal Karoliussen

Production company

Moskus Film, Main Island Production, VGTV


Øyvind Asbjørnsen, Magnus Flåto, Vanchinathan Murugesan, Benjamin Ree


Perry Eriksen, Martin Stoltz


Uno Helmersson

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