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Netflix Secures Global Rights for Heartfelt Documentary ‘Ibelin’ after Sundance Premiere

by Quincy Thomas
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Benjamin Ree’s documentary “Ibelin” had a poignant and gripping world premiere at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival, moving audiences deeply.

The film, which competed in the World Cinema Documentary Competition, followed the life of Mats Steen, a Norwegian gamer who died of a degenerative muscular disease at the age of 25.

“Ibelin,” directed by Benjamin Ree, known for his acclaimed work on “The Painter and the Thief,” delves into Mats Steen’s heart-wrenching journey.

Mats’ story, which was initially perceived as one of solitude and isolation, takes an unexpected turn when his parents start receiving messages from online friends all over the world.

Producer Ingvil Giske, representing Medieoperatørene in co-production with Norway’s VGTV, was the instrumental in bringing Mats Steen’s story to life. The documentary not only sheds light on Mats’ life, but it also depicts the powerful connections he made in the virtual world.

Director Benjamin Ree expressed his enthusiasm for the film’s release, stating, “Many of my favorite documentary films and series of all time have been distributed by Netflix. It’s a huge honor that Ibelin will now be on Netflix, and Mats Steen’s story will be available to so many millions of people across the world. I couldn’t be more excited.”


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