Berlin: Chess Doc 'Magnus,' Sells For Germany, Hong Kong

Magnus Carlsen "Magus"
Moskus Film

Benjamin Ree's portrait of Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen is one of several hot titles in Berlin for Scandinavian sales outfit TrustNordisk.

Magnus, a feature documentary on Norwegian world chess champion Magnus Carlsen, has been snatched up by multiple buyers in Berlin, one of several strong sellers from Scandinavian sales outfit TrustNordisk.

Magnus sold to NFP for Germany and Austria, EDKO films for Hong Kong, September Film Rights for Benelux and Discovery Film for the former Yugoslavia. Benjamin Ree's doc, which explores Carlsen's rise from bullied boy to grandmaster, also features chess stars Garry Kasparov and Viswanathan Anand.

Trust also closed multiple deals on The Model, a psychological drama from director Mads Matthiesen starring Ed Skrein and Denmark's Maria Palm, including with California Films for Latin America, HGC Entertainment for China and Voxell Media for Russia CIS.

Pyromaniac, from Norwegian filmmaker Erik Skjoldbjaerg (Pioneer, Prozac Nation), closed for Korea (Sidus), Turkey (Sinema) and the former Yugoslavia (Cinemania), with multiple territories in negotiation.

Devil's Bride, from director Saara Cantell, which looks at witch hunts in Scandinavian, sold to Sinema TV for Turkey, Golden River Thailand for Southeast Asia and Cinemania Group for the former Yugoslavia.