Computer Chess

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“An endearingly nutty, proudly analog tribute to the ultra-nerdy innovators of yesteryear.” — Justin Chang, Variety

Director: Andrew Bujalski
Year: 2013
Country: USA
Running time: 92 mins
Censor Rating: M - offensive language, sexual references, nudity

Screenplay/Editor: Andrew Bujalski
Producers: Houston King, Alex Lipschultz
Photography: Matthias Grunsky
Production designer: Michael Bricker
Costume designer: Colin Wilkes
B&W/HDCAM

With: Patrick Riester (Peter Bishton), Wiley Wiggins (Martin Beuscher), Myles Paige (Michael Papageorge), Robin Schwartz (Shelly Flintic), Gerald Peary (Pat Henderson), Gordon Kindlmann (Tom Schoesser)

Festivals: Sundance, Berlin, San Francisco 2013

“Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha) makes his first period picture, kinda, with this stubbornly, gloriously retro saga set at an early-1980s computer-chess tournament (with a few ventures into the freaky couples-therapy seminar being held at the same hotel). The technology is dated, both on and off-screen, as hulking machines with names like ‘Tsar 3.0’ and ‘Logic Fortress’ battle for nerdly supremacy as a cameraman, wielding the vintage cameras that were actually used to film the feature, observes. Tiny dramas highlighting the deeply human elements lurking amid all that computer code emerge along the way. Though the Poindexters (and the grainy cinematography) are authentically old-school, the humor is wry and awkwardly dry – very 21st century.” — Cheryl Eddy, San Francisco Bay Guardian

“Rather brilliantly conceived… this is about as perfect a rendering of the era as you could ask for… the acting is uniformly superb.” — Andrew Pulver, The Guardian