Kino Lorber acquires 'Chess'

Pic preemed at Sundance

Kino Lorber has acquired U.S. rights to Andrew Bujalski’s comedy “Computer Chess,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

“Chess” will screen next week at the Berlin Film Festival and will also be presented in March at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin.

A national theatrical release is planned for mid summer or early fall.

“Chess” stars Patrick Riester, Myles Paige, James Curry, Robin Schwartz, Gerald Peary and Wiley Wiggins. It was produced by Houston King and Alex Lipschultz.

Story is set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers in 1980.

The film is the fourth directed by Bujalski following “Funny Ha Ha,” “Mutual Appreciation” and “Beeswax.”

“Chess” won the Alfred P. Sloan Award honoring a film whose theme is science or technology. It was also awarded a Tribeca Film Institute Sloan grant in 2012.

Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber negotiated the deal with Andrew Herwitz of The Film Sales Company on behalf of the producers.

Canadian rights have been sold to Filmswelike. AMC/Sundance Channel Global previously announced it was taking Eastern European and Asian TV and VOD rights for its international TV networks.

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