Just as no man is a hero to his valet, no man is a genius to his family. Magnus is an engaging film about the life of 25-year-old Norwegian world chess champion Magnus Carlsen, as told largely through the eyes of his dad. Lovingly assembled by first-time feature film-maker Benjamin Ree (who, at 29, is Magnus’s peer), the film features archival footage and plenty of home movies shot by Magnus’s supportive clan, beginning when he was a toddler. Magnus is a kid who loves to swim and goof around on holiday . . .

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Brenda Benthien

Brenda Benthien is a program consultant and the Guest Relations Director of the Cleveland International Film Festival. She works in Guest Management at the Nordic Film Days in Lübeck and serves as a consultant to the Cinetopia International Film Festival in Ann Arbor and Detroit. Brenda was involved with starting up AFI Fest in Los Angeles, and has lived and worked in Munich and Tokyo. When she isn’t busy with festivals, Brenda is a German translator of screenplays and film-related texts. Her translation of Rudolf Arnheim’s Film Essays and Criticism is published by the University of Wisconsin press. Brenda lives in Hamburg and runs the Hamburg Review website, a critical compendium of writings on film and literature. www.hamburg-review.de