Magazine article Screen International

FilmRise Moves on Chess Documentary 'Magnus' for US

Magazine article Screen International

FilmRise Moves on Chess Documentary 'Magnus' for US

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FilmRise has acquired US rights to Benjamin Ree's feature documentary Magnus, about chess champion Magnus Carlsen, in a deal with TrustNordisk.

The film had its world premiere in Tribeca, which is where FilmRise discovered it.

TrustNordisk head of sales Susan Wendt negotiated the deal with Max Einhorn, FilmRise's VP Acquisitions, and Danny Fisher, FilmRise's CEO.

Wendt said, "We are very exited to work with FilmRise on Magnus. They have done a really great job with Janis: Little Girl Blue and with the enthusiasm they have shown for Magnus we are convinced that they will do a great job here as well."

"Magnus is an unforgettable portrait of a remarkable prodigy that truly shows real life can be more fascinating than fiction," said Fisher. "We are beyond thrilled to announce our acquisition of Benjamin Ree's film, and cannot wait for audiences to discover Magnus's story when we release the film in theaters this fall. …

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