Benjamin Ree opens up about his Tribeca directorial debut in 'Magnus'

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Every year, thousands of people come to New York City for the annual Tribeca Film Festival. Since it began in 2002, the festival has become synonimous with the best of the best in the film industry. Many of the films that are screened there have garnered international acclaim.

Having your film screen at Tribeca is an amazing honor, especially for director Benjamin Ree, whose documentary 'Magnus' follows the best chess player in the world, Magnus Carlsen.


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"I'm really proud to have been selected by Tribeca," Ree told AOL.com.

"It is a really special for me to be here because [documentary] filmmakers don't get that attention normally."

AOL.com had a chance to sit down with Ree, who shared what it's like to have a feature premiere at Tribeca and the complexities of his main subject, Magnus. Watch the video above to see more of the interview!

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Abbie Cornish attends the LAVENDER World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival 2016 on April 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for LAVENDER)
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Actress Chloe Grace Moretz attends 'The First Monday In May' World Premiere during Opening Night of 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at John Zuccotti Theater at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center on April 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Actress Zoey Deutch, shoe detail, attends the premiere of 'Vincent 'n' Roxxy' at Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas during the 2016 TriBeCa Film Festival on April 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Actress Jessica Biel attends the 'The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea' during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at John Zuccotti Theater at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 15: NEW YORK, NY: Actress Katie Holmes attends the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival After Party For 'All We Had' sponsored By Bai Beverages At Vandal on April 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for 2016 Tribeca Film Festival)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: Actress/producer Nicole Kidman attends 'The Family Fang' Premiere during 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at John Zuccotti Theater at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center on April 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Actress Rose Byrne attends the premiere of 'The Meddler' at Borough of Manhattan Community College during the 2016 TriBeCa Film Festival on April 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Actress Susan Sarandon attends the premiere of 'The Meddler' at Borough of Manhattan Community College during the 2016 TriBeCa Film Festival on April 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Actress Zoe Kravitz attends the premiere of 'Vincent 'n' Roxxy' at Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas during the 2016 TriBeCa Film Festival on APRIL 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images,)
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