Upon viewing the two-minute teaser, it becomes abundantly clear that this will be unlike anything Bujalski has ever done up to this point. Shot in black-and-white video, the 1980s-set “Computer Chess” centers on a bunch of computer programmers who meet for a weekend tournament and the attention to detail is quite impressive. Here’s a full synopsis:
Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers thirty-some years ago, COMPUTER CHESS transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. We get to know the eccentric geniuses possessed of the vision to teach a metal box to defeat man, literally, at his own game, laying the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it and will come to know it in the future.
No word on when “Computer Chess” will be released, but the film will screen at SXSW next month, and in Berlin next week. In the meantime, be sure to watch the teaser trailer below. [The Film Stage]