Kino Lorber has acquired U.S. rights to Andrew Bujalski's Sundance comedy "Computer Chess." The film is the first in five years from the writer-director, most known for pioneering the mumblecore genre with his 2002 comedy "Funny Ha Ha."
"Computer Chess," follows a group of chess software programmers in 1980 as they converge for a weekend chess programming tournament. The film, which is described as an "artificially intelligent comedy," recently was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Award at Sundance, honoring films whose theme is science or technology.
Richard Lorber, CEO of Kino Lorber, said about the film, "We're going to have a blast bringing this to cross-over audiences of geeky tech lovers, young and old, as well as the indie art house crowd, who will never have seen anything quite like Andrew's unprecedented fusion of form and content here."
Andrew Herwitz, head of The Film Sales Company, negotiated the acquisition deal with Kino Lorber. Additionally, Filmswelike will handle the film's canadian rights, while European, Asian TV, and VOD rights went to AMC/Sundance Channel Global.
Kino Lorber is currently planning a late 2013 release for the film.