Featured Release 11/8/2013 – Computer Chess directed by Andrew Bujalski

Computer Chess directed by Andrew Bujalski

Every Friday, Fandor’s curators serve up a newly available film worthy of special attention. This week’s Featured Release is Computer Chess directed by Andrew Bujalski.

“…a bizarre and fascinating retrograde portrait of an eccentric people and a faraway time.” — Anthony Kaufman, Screen Daily

It’s difficult to categorize Andrew Bujalski’s fourth feature film Computer Chess because it’s so singular in style and substance. But for anyone out there who appreciates imaginative, unconventional movies, this one’s for you. Set in the 1980’s, the plot concerns a competition among computer chess software programmers when the field was just emerging. However, it’s what occurs outside the bounds of the competition that lifts the film into the realm of the bizarre. The result is part Christopher Guest mockumentary and part survey of 1980s nerd culture. Has your interest been piqued? Click here to watch the trailer or to view the film in its entirety.

To learn more about Computer Chess and filmmaker Andrew Bujalski, check out these feature articles on Keyframe:
Daily | Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess (November 22, 2013)
Video: The Glitch Games of Computer Chess (November 8, 2013)
Bujalski Now: Beeswax and Computer Chess (November 8, 2013)
Bujalski Then: Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciation (November 8, 2013)
Bujalski Plays Chess at SXSW (March 7, 2013)
Daily | Sundance + Berlin 2013 | Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess (January 23, 2013)

Computer Chess directed by Andrew Bujalski

Additional Viewing:

Beeswax (2009) directed by Andrew Bujalski

Beeswax directed by Andrew Bujalski

Chess Fever (1925) directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin

Chess Fever directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin

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