ANOMALISA
2015, Paramount, 90 min, USA, Dir: Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman

For a customer service guru, Michael Stone (David Thewlis) is unusually alienated; everyone he meets when he checks into Cincinnati’s Fregoli hotel sounds the same to him. Everyone except for Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a customer service rep who may offer Michael a fleeting chance at real connection. Kaufman’s first foray into stop-motion animation was the Grand Jury Prize winner at the Venice International Film Festival. “Its emotional power creeps out from under the subtle humor and leaves a subcutaneous imprint that lingers long after the movie is over.” - David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter.


SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK
2008, Sony Pictures Classics, 124 min, USA, Dir: Charlie Kaufman

After his wife leaves him, theater director Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman) decides to stage his most ambitious piece, a production that will encompass his entire life. Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, ADAPTATION), here directing for the first time, uses Caden and the world he creates (which consists of a replica of New York built in a warehouse) to explore the vastness of human experience in all its emotional and intellectual complexity. The result: what Roger Ebert called the best film of its decade. With a stellar supporting cast that includes Catherine Keener, Michelle Williams, Hope Davis and Jennifer Jason Leigh.


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