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TrustNordisk’s documentary about chess champion Magnus Carlsen, titled Magnus, has been sold to distributor FilmRise in the USA.

The deal was negotiated by TrustNordisk head of sales Susan Wendt with Max Einhorn, FilmRise’s VP Acquisitions and Danny Fisher, the company’s CEO.

The documentary is about Magnus Carlsen, called the Mozart of chess, who became world champion in 2013 at the age of 22. Ree, in his feature directorial debut, compiled more than 500 hours of footage with the chess prodigy over more than a decade. In his Screen International review, David D’Arcy wrote “Taut and paced with drama at 76 minutes, Magnus is a sure-fire festival sensation.”

FilmRise is planning a theatrical release in autumn 2016; Carlsen will be defending his titled at the World Chess Championships in New York City in late November.

TrustNordisk has previously sold Magnus to Benelux (September), Germany/Austria (NFP), Hong Kong (EDKO), Israel (Yes DBS)and Balkans (Discovery).

The film is about Magnus Carlsen, called the Mozart of chess, who became world champion in 2013 at the age of 22. Ree, in his feature directorial debut, compiled more than 500 hours of footage with the chess prodigy over more than a decade. In his Screen International review, David D’Arcy wrote “Taut and paced with drama at 76 minutes, Magnus is a sure-fire festival sensation.”

Magnus is a co-production between Moskus Film and Nordisk Film Production.