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Accent picks up rights to Andrew Bujalski's Computer Chess


Released theatrically this week in North America to rousing applause from critics including A.O. Scott head film critic the New York Times, Computer Chess is the fourth feature film from Andrew Bujalski and perhaps his most brilliant one yet. Shot as a monochrome time capsule detailing a long weekend in 1980 at a computer chess tournament, it dissects the current world from the past. The fashions are drab; the technology prehistoric; the competitors hilarious; the future is now.

Also screening at the upcoming Melbourne International Film Festival, Computer Chess marks a new direction in Bujalski's filmmaking. Made on 40 year old video grade cameras in black and white, the film deals with the dawn of a new technological era although not everyone in the movie seems to realise this. "The motive behind this distinctive technical choice," says Jesse Cataldo in Slant Magazine "seems to shift as the film gradually abandons its initial drab realism (and by extension the down-to-earth simplicity that's defined all of the director's prior work), choosing to play out across its own sublime wavelength."

"Mr. Bujalski is not one for cheap shots or easy jokes at the expense of these serious souls who, if they were real, might still be around to say they told us so," writes A.O. Scott. "Artificial intelligence remains an intoxicating theory and a heady possibility, about which I am hardly qualified to speak. But I do know real filmmaking intelligence when I see it."

Computer Chess will be out in November.