Directed by: Benjamin Ree
Length: 76 minutes/World Premiere
Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-6 – April 14 – 9:15 pm
Press Screening – Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-5
April 16 – 12:00pm
Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-3 -April 17 – 8:00 pm
Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-6 – April 19 – 3:15 pm
Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-9 – April 23 – 4:30 pm
Director Benjamin Ree, writer Linn Jeanethe , Producer Sigurd Mikal Karoliussen, Henrik, Ellen, Ingrid and Signe Carlsen will be attending the festival.
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Magnus Carlsen is widely known as the ‘Mozart of Chess’ because, unlike many chess grandmasters, he not only possesses an innate ability and a remarkable memory, but he blends those attributes with unrivaled creativity and intuition. Memorized moves and calculated probabilities can carry a chess player extremely far. But Magnus’ journey eventually proves that there can be other elements of the game, ones that are impossible to measure or calculate.
From a young age Magnus Carlsen had aspirations of becoming a champion chess player. While many players seek out an intensely rigid environment to hone their skills, Magnus’ brilliance shines brightest when surrounded by his loving and supportive family. Through an extensive amount of archival footage and home movies, director Benjamin Ree reveals this young man’s unusual and rapid trajectory to the pinnacle of the chess world. This film allows the audience to not only peek inside this isolated community but also witness the maturation of a modern genius.