‘Computer Chess‘, the fourth film from Andrew Bujalski (‘Funny Ha Ha‘, ‘Mutual Appreciation‘, ‘Beeswax‘) will be released in New York by Kino Lorber on July 17, 2013 at the Film Forum with additional cities to follow. The film debuted to great critical acclaim at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where it won the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize and went on to play at a number of prestigious festivals including the Berlin Film Festival, True/False Film Festival and SXSW Film Festival.
This “artificially intelligent” comedy about early computer chess programmers is set over the course of a weekend tournament circa 1980. The film transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs — back when the machines seemed clumsy and we seemed clever. But it’s the chance collision of this brainy bunch of A.I.’ers with another subculture of aging New Agers, in a touchy-feely therapy workshop that wildly spins this wry portrayal into the stuff of a cult classic.
Bujalski explains his goals for the film: “I wanted the film to be very heavily steeped in the excitement of nerds nerding out in top form — a heartfelt tribute to the intense, brilliant people who devoted their lives to these terrific abstractions.” He continues: “We knew computers were going to change our world and it was equal parts thrilling and terrifying. I wanted to go back to that place with this movie and have fun with it.”
Known for his work with non-professional actors, Bujalski brings together seasoned performers and first-time actors with backgrounds in technology in his fourth film. Wiley Wiggins (‘Dazed and Confused‘), Myles Paige, James Curry, Gerald Peary, and Chris Doubek (‘Lovers of Hate‘) star with young newcomers Patrick Riester and Robin Schwartz.
– “…close to perfect.” — Film Comment
– “An extraordinarily inventive and richly textured period piece.” — The New Yorker
– “Hilarious and brilliant…..a new Doctor Strangelove.” — Accréds
– “An endearingly nutty, proudly analog tribute to the ultra-nerdy innovators of yesteryear.” — Variety