Nicknamed the “Mozart of Chess,” Magnus Carlsen combines the skill and intellect of a chess grandmaster with unrivaled originality and intuition. World premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, this unique coming-of-age story follows Magnus’s meteoric rise from a bullied young boy to the leading World Chess Champion. The film invites audiences to not only experience the fascinating world of competitive chess, but also peek into the mind of a modern genius.
The film has a 81 % score on RottenTomatoes. based on 26 reviews.
The film is sold to over 60 countries, with theatrical distribution in many of them:
France, Andorra, Monaco, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Albania, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia & Montenegro, Bosnia – Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, USA, Canada, French, Haiti, Guinea, Suriname, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Mauritania, Djibouti, Chad, Somali, China, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Libya, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Australia, Saudi Arabia and more to be announced soon.
Awards and nominations
Winner – Global Future Prize – Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival. Read about the Jury’s statement here.
Winner – The Ray of Sunshine – The NorwegianFilm Festival. Read about the Jury’s statement here.
Winner – Audience Award – Docville
Nomination – Best Documentary Feature – Moscow International Film Festival. 2nd place – audience award – Moscow International Film Festival
Nomination – Best Nordic Documentary – Nordisk Panorama
Nomination – Best International Documentary Film – Zurich Film Festival
2nd place – Best Documentary Film – Budapest International Documentary Festival
Tribeca Film Festival, Filmfest München – Munich Film Festival, Moscow International Film Festival, Traverse City Film Festival, The Norwegian International Film Festival, Haugesund, Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy, Nordisk Panorama, Zürich Film Festival, Budapest International Documentary Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, PAFF – Parool Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, Nordic Film Days Lübeck, Noordelijk Film Festival, Free Zone Human Rights Film Festival, Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival, Sztafeta Sport Film Festival
MAGNUS in BBC’s top 10 list