“Extraordinary” Doc “Magnus” About Chess Prodigy Magnus Carlsen To Hit UK Cinemas November 25

Arrow Films will release the award-winning documentary Magnus about young chess superstar Magnus Carlsen in UK cinemas from November 25. It follows its premiere in October at the 60th BFI London Film Festival.

"Extraordinary" Doc "Magnus" About Chess Prodigy Magnus Carlsen To Hit UK Cinemas November 25

Magnus, directed by Benjamin Ree and produced by Sigurd Mikal Karoliussen, won Best Film at the Norwegian International Film Festival 2016 and was nominated for Best Documentary at the Moscow International Film Festival 2016. With Magnus soon to defend his World Chess Championship title in November 2016, this thrilling documentary charts the path to glory for this unique prodigy.

"Extraordinary" Doc "Magnus" About Chess Prodigy Magnus Carlsen To Hit UK Cinemas November 25

As a young boy Magnus Carlsen was very different from his peers. He usually sat by himself, lost in thought, and his parents, Henrik and Sigrun, were concerned about his relative development. When a strong interest in numbers made them realize that he could become a good chess player, they introduced him to the game at the tender age of 5. He soon started climbing the ranks of the chess world.

At 13 he became the youngest grandmaster in the world, and began to wonder just how far he could go. Magnus is the incredible story of a boy, who went from being bullied by his classmates to become the World Chess Champion. For a decade the filmmakers have captured the decisive moments of Magnus Carlsen’s life, one of the world’s most intelligent people, and achieved over 500 hours of footage.

In 2004, when Magnus was 13 years old he made a decision: He would become the World Chess Champion. The coming of age story unfolds as we follow the prodigy battling his way through the ranks of chess, with personal sacrifices, special friendships and a caring family.

Tom Stewart, Head of Acquisitions at Arrow Films said: “We are thrilled to be bringing this extraordinary documentary to UK audiences and to enlighten cinema goers to the remarkable otherworldly talents of Magnus Carlsen and the story behind his unlikely dominance of the game. The film plays out like a great man versus machine, underdog story, and will delight both fans of the game and those who’ve hardly been near a chess board.”

Magnus will be released in UK cinemas from November 25, 2016.

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