Magazine article Screen International

TrustNordisk Moves on Chess Champion Doc 'Magnus'

Magazine article Screen International

TrustNordisk Moves on Chess Champion Doc 'Magnus'

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Scandinavian sales agent TrustNordisk has picked up worldwide rights to a documentary about young world chess champion Magnus Carlsen.

Magnus has been compiled from more than 500 hours of footage shot over a decade, from when a 13-year-old Carlsen was being bullied by his classmates in Norway for his obsession with chess to becoming world champion and the highest ranked player of all time aged 22.

The coming of age story unfolds as the prodigy battles his way through the ranks of chess, with personal sacrifices, special friendships, modeling jobs and his family.

Magnus marks the feature debut of journalist and documentarian Benjamin Ree. "No one understands how Magnus Carlsen has become so good - not even himself," said Ree.

"He has studied the game in a completely different way than all the greatest chess players in history. …

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