Directed by: Benjamin Ree | Documentary Feature | 75 min | English/NorwegianAbout the Film
By the young age of 13, Magnus Carlsen earned the reputation as the "Mozart of Chess," one of the youngest grandmasters ever. By 22 he became World Champion and he is currently the highest rated chess-player in history. With a keen understanding of the mechanics of the game and an innate knack for trusting his instincts, he rivaled and beat more experienced players. With unprecedented access to home videos and archival footage, filmmaker Benjamin Ree captures a tender and loving family dynamic that surrounds Magnus as he fights to become a chess champion. As his genius shines with his family by his side, Magnus fights to become a world champion in this endearing and ultimately intoxicating quest for self-validation. Presented with support from the Norwegian Film Institute and Norwegian Consulate.