2013. USA. Andrew Bujalski. 92 min.
Monday, December 23, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
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.