Writer-director Andrew Bujalski is making his first trip to the Sundance Film Festival this month, with his NEXT <=> section comedy “Computer Chess.” The film will have its world premiere Jan. 21, at 5:30 pm at the Library Center Theatre, and Indiewire has some exclusive clips from the film, below.
Set in a hotel during a convention in 1980, “Computer Chess” follows a bunch of computer nerds challenged by a variety of social situations as they strive to create a computer chess program smart enough to beat a human. Appropriately enough, the filmmakers launched a new website (http://www.computerchessmovie.com/) Monday to showcase the story of the project and provide some esoteric dives into the world of the characters (“Reference Games,” “Nerd Corner”)
Bujalksi’s previous films include “Funny Ha Ha,” “Mutual Appreciation” and “Beeswax”; the latter two screened at the SXSW Film Festival in 2005 and 2009, respectively.
Check out the animated GIFs below, but prepare for some brain-scrambling: