Benjamin Ree is a Norwegian documentary filmmaker. In the beginning of his career he worked for BBC and Reuters. Today he makes award winning short and feature documentary films. Ree’s first feature documentary is Magnus, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2016, and was sold to 64 countries. The film is a coming of age story of a modern genius, Magnus Carlsen, who is the world’s best chess player. The film has a 81% score on Rotten Tomatoes, and won many awards at festivals around the world.
Ree’s second feature is The Patiner and the Thief, which premiered at World Documentary Competition at Sundance Film Festival in 2020 and won a Special Jury Award for Creative Storytelling. The film holds a 100% score on RottenTomatoes. Variety called the film “incredible” and that it makes “documentary history”.
Benjamin Ree strive to get exceptional access to fascinating people. He usually makes introspective portraits that are playful in form and story.
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
Here are some quotes about Ree’s filmmaking:
“Director Benjamin Ree fashions something akin to Richard Linklater’s Boyhood” – Tara Brady, The Irish Times
“Ree has an appreciation for nerds” – Daphne Howland, Village Voice
“Regissør Benjamin Ree bruker bare syv minutter på å vise at han er et stort filmtalent.” – Ingrid Åbergsjord, Aftenposten