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‘Magnus’ Uses Chaos of Chess Tournament to Convey the Player’s Inner Turmoil

Director Benjamin Rhee’s Magnus is a documentary that follows young chess player Magnus Carlsen and his 2013 attempt to become the World Chess Champion.

“[The Championship] was total chaos,” Rhee tells Cool Hunting. “There were so many cameramen, and they were not that well-organized. In a way, that was an advantage for the film because chess is an introverted sport, and film is an extroverted medium. The way we convey what Magnus is feeling—we can use the press people to show the chaos. And actually, what we do in the film to convey this idea: at Game One, you see the glass wall.”