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“Magnus” documentary selected for Tribeca Film Festival in New York

The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) has unveiled the feature films in the Spotlight, Midnight, and Special Screening sections. Also announced was the Centerpiece film, Works In Progress screenings, and the feature film lineup for the 10th annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival. The 15th edition of TFF will take place from April 13-24 in New York City.

“Magnus” is directed by Benjamin Ree, written by Linn-Jeanethe Kyed and Benjamin Ree. (Norway) – World Premiere, Documentary. Carlsen is known as the ‘Mozart of Chess’ because, unlike many chess grandmasters, he possesses innate ability, an unbelievable memory, and unrivaled creativity. Memorized moves and calculated probability can only carry a chess player so far; Magnus exploits this weakness in his opponents on his way to becoming the World Chess Champion. In English, Norwegian with subtitles.

Frederic Boyer, Artistic Director at Tribeca Film Festival says: “MAGNUS is not only an amazing portrait of a chess prodigy, but is also a unique coming of age story, shot over a decade, about the development of a champion who has dedicated his life to the game. We are thrilled to screen it at the Tribeca Film Festival this year.”

“Magnus” has also been snatched up by multiple buyers in Berlin during the 66th annual International Film Festival.

The now 25-year-old Magnus Carlsen will defend his title and compete for a prize of over $1 million at the World Chess Championship 2016, which is to be held in New York City in November.

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