Filmfest 2016

In 2004, when Magnus Carlsen was 13 years old he made a decision: He would become the World Chess Champion. The coming-of-age story unfolds as we follow the prodigy battling his way through the ranks of chess, with personal sacrifices, special friendships and a caring family. MAGNUS is a character driven drama that is bound to engage the non-chess players, as well as the over 600 million people who play chess all over the world.

tags: Documentary, Loneliness, Youth/Coming of Age, Nordic, Sports

With: Magnus Carlsen, Garri Kasparov, Viswanathan Anand


Screenplay: Linn-Jeanethe Kyed, Benjamin Ree

Director of Photography: Magnus Flåto, Benjamin Ree, Øyvind Asbjørnsen

Film Editor: Perry Eriksen, Martin Stoltz

Composer: Uno Helmersson

Sound: Frederic Vogel

Producer: Sigurd Mikal Karoliussen

Production Company: Moskus Films AS

Co-Production Company: VG TV, Main Island Productions, Nordisk Film

World Sales: Trust Nordisk

Distributor: NFP Marketing & Distribution

Director: Benjamin Ree


Benjamin Ree studied journalism at the University College in Oslo and has worked as a producer for Reuters TV covering news events for BBC, Sky News and CNN, in addition to directing various award winning documentaries broadcast in Scandinavia. Today he works as a documentary director at VGTV. MAGNUS is his first feature film.