For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.
MUBI Rental
3.6
1,024 Ratings

Computer Chess

Directed by Andrew Bujalski
United States, 2013
Comedy
  • English
  • English, German

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.

Our take

Blazing out of Sundance and proceeding directly to the cult canon, Computer Chess is one of our favorite indies of the decade: a hilarious, weird, endlessly inventive shaggy dog comedy about the birth of our new era from “mumblecore” headmaster Andrew Bujalski. Long live A.I.!

Computer Chess Directed by Andrew Bujalski

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2013 | Winner: Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize

Independent Spirit Awards

2014 | 2 nominations including: Best Cinematography

Computer Chess is something very different [for Bujalski], a change of style, theme and mood, and it shows him to be in masterful command of all aspects of cinema, because Computer Chess is above all a stylistic tour-de-force. But the social awkwardness that is at the heart of his mumblecore films is still present in Computer Chess. That too is one of its (many) strengths.
March 30, 2014
Read full article
In evoking the ambition and anxiety around artificial intelligence—even in such a convoluted manifestation as computer chess—Bujalski, in a glorious act of association, collapses AI, the mind/body split, and the ghosting effect of black-and-white video.
March 05, 2014
Read full article
[Don DeLillo’s] work and Computer Chess share not just a suffusion of concern for those particularly American traits of paranoia and power fantasies, but also a certain oracular ambience that makes particular history (large and small) as it plays out seem as though it carried the force of inevitability.
January 01, 2014
Read full article

What are people saying?

Related films