Director Benjamin Ree’s new documentary focuses on a very unique subject: The so-called “Mozart of Chess,” young Magnus Carlsen, who has spent most of his life dreaming of dominating the game he so loves. The film (Ree’s feature length debut) tells the story of Carlsen’s “rapid and unusual trajectory to the pinnacle of the chess world” and is world premiering at Tribeca as part of its always varied and exciting Spotlight section.
From his awkward childhood to his wild ascent to the top of the international circuit, Ree’s film pays special attention to how Carlsen’s dreams and skills impacted his own coming of age, even independent of chess. Ree uses a bevy of archival video and personal testimonials (reportedly cut from over 500 hours of footage) to show both Carlsen and chess in a wholly new light. Want proof? Just check out our exclusive clip above. Things are getting wild.
“Chess is regarded as the touchstone of intellect, the ultimate battle of the minds,” Ree has said of the film and his journey in making it. “During the last 15 years Magnus Carlsen has become the highest ranked player of all time. I found it immensely fascinating that no one I talked to understood how Magnus Carlsen had become so good — not even himself.”
“Magnus” is screening this week at the Tribeca Film Festival. Check out our exclusive clip above.