Film Introduction and Q + A: Computer Chess

Computer Chess

Computer Chess

Dr Bruce Isaacs introduces the hilariously offbeat comedy, Computer Chess. Following the screening Isaacs will facilitate a Q&A with actor Patrick Riester.

Computer Chess is a hilariously offbeat comedy set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess-software programmers in the early '80s. Andrew Bujalski (who visited SFF with Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciation) has recreated with fascinating detail a time in which the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. The film is shot in the style of a rudimentary black-and-white documentary (with camera equipment from the era).

The story follows a group of super nerds, pushing humungous computers around, as they lay the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it. Along with the technical and philosophical discussions, our bespectacled heroes get involved with some drug use, an attempted threesome, a new-age therapeutic course and, of course, a great deal of chess.

Event Info: Computer Chess

Date: Sunday 9 June
Time: 1:30 PM for 1:35 PM screening
Venue: Event Cinemas George Street 8
Cost: $19.50/$15