<i>Computer Chess.</i> 2013. USA. Directed by Andrew Bujalski. Courtesy of Kino Lorber.
  • Computer Chess

    2013. USA. Andrew Bujalski. 92 min.

Monday, December 23, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • Computer Chess

    2013. USA. Directed by Andrew Bujalski. Andrew Bujalski’s revelatory fourth feature is set over the course of a chess software competition in 1980, as teams of zealous programmers watch their processors battling each other to checkmate. The style of the day is painstakingly re-created, from refrigerator-sized computers and hairstyles to the image quality; Bujalski shot the film on Sony AVC3260, one of the first analog video cameras. What begins as a mockumentary for the analog at heart unexpectedly achieves both deadpan hilarity and profundity. When a programmer detects volition—could it be consciousness?—in one of the programs, the film evolves into a metaphysical meditation on the oddity of a world dominated by machines—something of which contemporary viewers, with our Google Glass and endless connectivity, should take note. Courtesy of Kino Lorber. 92 min.

In the Film exhibition The Contenders 2013

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