About

Benjamin Ree is a Norwegian documentary film director.

He has directed THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF (2020) which was sold to 80 countries and won 20 awards – several of them at some of the world’s biggest film festivals, such as London, Hong Kong and the Sundance Film Festival. The film was named one of 2020’s best films, by BBC, Boston Globe, Washington Post and the New York Times, and it is been named an important film in film history by several media outlets. When New York Magazine (Vulture) ranked the 101 best movie endings in film history, the film was on the list, and it was also on The International Documentary Association’s list of the best documentaries of the decade. The film was also shortlisted for the Oscars.

MAGNUS (2016) was Rees’ feature film debut. It was sold to 64 countries and won several awards at film festivals around the world. The documentary is a coming of age doc about the world’s best chess player Magnus Carlsen.

Benjamin Ree works for the production company and broadcaster VGTV, which co-produced Magnus and The Painter and the Thief. Please contact him if you have documentary ideas or want to invite him for a lecture. Benjamin Ree is represented internationally by Anonymous Content. Contact: Jacob Perlin and Luke Rivett

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Here are some quotes about Ree’s filmmaking:

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“Director Benjamin Ree fashions something akin to Richard Linklater’s Boyhood” – Tara Brady, The Irish Times

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“Ree has an appreciation for nerds” – Daphne Howland, Village Voice

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“Regissør Benjamin Ree bruker bare syv minutter på å vise at han er et stort filmtalent.” – Ingrid Åbergsjord, Aftenposten

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