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Computer Chess (2013)

Unrated | | Comedy | 7 November 2013 (Germany)
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A 1980s-set story centered around a man vs. machine chess tournament.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kriss Schludermann ...
ADVANTAGE Member
Tom Fletcher ...
DEEP SPEED Member
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Patrick Riester ...
Kevin Bewersdorf ...
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MONSIEUR D'ECHECS member
Jim Lewis ...
Cole Noppenberg ...
CAPA X Member
Myles Paige ...
Papageorge
Gerald Peary ...
Henderson
James Curry ...
Carbray
Bob Sabiston ...
McVey
S. Kirk Walsh ...
Hotel Clerk
Daniel Metz ...
Reini Urban (as Daniel C. Metz)
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Panel Skeptic
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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. We get to know the eccentric geniuses possessed of the vision to teach a metal box to defeat man, literally, at his own game, laying the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it and will come to know it in the future. Written by Production

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An artificially intelligent comedy from the director of Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciation.

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Компьютерные шахматы  »

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$3,000 (USA) (16 August 2013)

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$101,218 (USA) (8 November 2013)
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Quotes

Cameraman: Do you think a human being will ever beat a person at chess?
John: Oh... between a human being and a person? My money's on the computer.
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"Mysterious Woman ... herself" See more »

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Featured in The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2014) See more »

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Serenade, string quintet, no. 13, K. 525 (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as W.A. Mozart)
performed by Eugene Cho
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What a film! Existential comedy on Computer Chess Convention?
4 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

This is a masterpiece of simplicity and intelligence. Beautifully shot with a PortaPak camera in early 80's style, or at least it looks like one. Story of passionate people in search for love. Computer Chess! What a wonderful idea to gather a plot. Specially when you have a drop of new age religion involved and strong sexual energy restrained. Sincerely humorous, this film hits the point. Specially in today's technology-obsessed universe. Acting is so convincing and natural that one can easily think of it as a documentary, but its not - its art. Reminds on early Cassavetes. I will definitely wait for Bujalski's next film. Personally, best at Berlinale 2013. Love this film.


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