There’s one film more than any other on the current festival circuit that we’re dying to see. It’s Andrew Bujalski’s nerdy, bizarre-looking Computer Chess.
Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation, Beeswax) has gone full-on retro for his latest, a 1980s-set film about a man vs. machine chess tournament. And to achieve that retro look, the 'mumblecore' director made the decision to shoot in grainy black-and-white, using Sony AVC-3260 video cameras from 1969!
There are plenty of geeks with suitably large glasses here, and they're all crammed together in what looks like some kind of computer convention. Oh and, as you might expect, there's a considerable amount of mumbling. Anyway, erm, like, you should totally get a taste of what the film will be like from this newly released teaser...
And here's some more info to whet that appetite of yours:
Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers thirty-some years ago, COMPUTER CHESS transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. We get to know the eccentric geniuses possessed of the vision to teach a metal box to defeat man, literally, at his own game, laying the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it and will come to know it in the future.
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