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Andrew Bujalski’s hilarious and surreal comedy about the birth of computer culture. At an early 1980s chess conference, delegates are attempting to discover whether it’s possible to design a computer programme that can beat a real person at the game.
Filmed on a primitive black-and-white video camera from the era, the long-awaited fourth film from Bujalski, éminence grise of the American ‘mumblecore’ movement, is more than just an affectionate, retro-loving paean to the birth of computer culture. With a constantly upending, shifting tone that encompasses moments of surreal drama alongside the laughs, Computer Chess is an unclassifiable marvel of recent US indie cinema.