Final Day! Tuesday, August 20

COMPUTER CHESS

  • 1:00
  • 6:30
  • 8:20
  • 10:10

$7 Member   $12.50 Regular

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY ANDREW BUJALSKI

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COMPUTER CHESS

A.O. Scott, in The New York Times, named Andrew Bujalski’s FUNNY HA HA “one of the ten most influential films of the ’00s” and Amy Taubin, in Film Comment, calls his new film, COMPUTER CHESS “bracingly idiosyncratic – and close to perfect.” She continues: “Set in 1980 in a nowheresville hotel hosting an annual artificial-intelligence chess competition (software programs operated by computer nerds compete at chess), the movie is part faux documentary and part hallucinatory coming-of-age sexual fantasy.”  With clunky computers the size of small cars, and eyewear of almost equal weight, these vintage geeks may be in the techno-vanguard, but they are hopeless when it comes to human relations.  Bujalski gives the film a charming period look by shooting on primitive early ‘70s video cameras. Justin Chang in Variety calls it “an endearingly nutty, proudly analog tribute… about as weird and singular as independent cinema gets.”

USA • 2013 • 92 MINS. • KINO LORBER

REVIEWS

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“A savvy ensemble piece.  COMPUTER CHESS echoes Bujalski’s preceding efforts by investigating the pratfalls of miscommunication in continuing deadpan fashion.  The shift in this case involves taking that idea to its logical, hilarious extreme of man versus machine.  Grade: A –”
– Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“Unlike anything Bujalski has done before – and unlike just about anything anyone has done before.  A bizarre and fascinating retrograde portrait of an eccentric people and a faraway time.”
– Anthony Kaufman, Screen International

“An endearingly nutty, proudly analog tribute to the ultra-nerdy innovators of yesteryear.  About as weird and singular as independent cinema gets.”
– Justin Chang, Variety

****! [4 stars]
“(A) rather brilliantly conceived study of a (fictional) computer v computer chess tournament in the early 80s.  About as perfect a rendering of the era as you could ask for…the acting is uniformly superb: every twitch, every stumble, every stutter is deployed with absolutely plausibility.  Bujalski really has pulled off something extraordinary here…as an act of cultural archeology I can think of few better.”

– Andrew Pulver, The Guardian (UK)

“An extraordinarily inventive and richly textured period piece.  The era is captured with sharply perceptive clothing, styles, and furnishings.”
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker

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