Exclusive: Preview the '80s-set 'Computer Chess'
05:00 AM, Jul 24, 2013
Indie filmmaker Andrew Bujalski first caught my eye with his 2005 film, Mutual Appreciation. The film explored romantic relationships in a funny and relatable way, and I thought some critics unfairly dismissed it with the irritating “mumblecore” moniker.
Bujalski’s latest movie, Computer Chess, begs our attention for several reasons: First, the scripted tale takes place at a weekend chess tournament in the early 1980s. Second, Bujalski filmed the movie as if it were a documentary made 30 years ago, in crude black and white with text occasionally overlaying the action.
The best way to understand Bujalski’s technique is to see it, so check out an exclusive clip from the movie below. An interesting cast note: The film stars Wiley Wiggins, best known as young Mitch from Dazed and Confused. (He now sports a mustache; that’s him in the photo on the left.)
Computer Chess is now playing in New York, and it expands to Atlanta, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia and other cities Friday. Head to computerchessmovie.com to see a trailer and learn some interesting facts, like which games inspired it.