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Friday, June 14
7:45 PM - 9:45 PM

Landmark E-Street Cinema

555 11th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

The Remarkable Life of Ibelin

Director

Benjamin Ree

Producer

Ingvil Giske

Editors

Robert Stengard, Rasmus Tukia, Ada Wikdahl

Cinematographers

Rasmus Tukia, Tore Vollan

When Mats Steen, a Norwegian gamer, died of a degenerative muscular disease at age 25, his parents mourned what they thought had been a lonely and isolated existence. They were unaware that Mats had long been leading a vibrant digital life that had profoundly impacted a community of fellow gamers.

The film takes us through the breadth of Mats Steen’s adventurous online life, introducing us to Ibelin, his charismatic World of Warcraft persona. Through reconstructed animated moments from Mats’ gameplay, narrated entries from his blog, and interviews with people who knew him as Ibelin, a picture of a remarkable young man emerges, underscoring how community and soulful relationships can transcend the boundaries of the physical world.

Director, The Remarkable Life of Ibelin

Benjamin Ree is a Norwegian filmmaker based in Oslo. His first feature was the acclaimed documentary The Painter and the Thief (2020), about an artist who befriends the thief who stole her paintings and makes him her muse. The film was sold to 80 countries and won over 30 awards, several of which were at the world’s top film festivals, including Sundance, London, and Hong Kong. It was named one of 2020’s best films by the BBC, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and the New Yorker magazine and was shortlisted for the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. Ree’s documentary feature debut, Magnus (2016), a coming-of-age documentary about the world’s best chess player, was sold to 64 countries and won several awards at film festivals worldwide.