Trailer Watch: Synecdoche, New York trailer

Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind screenwriter Charlie Kaufman makes his directorial debut in the melancholy meditation on death and aging, Synecdoche, New York.

In the film:

Theater director Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is mounting a new play. His life catering to suburban blue-hairs at the local regional theater in Schenectady, New York is looking bleak. His wife Adele (Catherine Keener) has left him to pursue her painting in Berlin, taking their young daughter… with her. His therapist, Madeleine Gravis (Hope Davis), is better at plugging her best-seller than she is at counseling him. A new relationship with the alluringly candid Hazel (Samantha Morton) has prematurely run aground. And a mysterious condition is systematically shutting down each of his autonomic functions, one by one.

Worried about the transience of his life, he leaves his home behind. He gathers an ensemble cast into a warehouse in New York City, hoping to create a work of brutal honesty. He directs them in a celebration of the mundane, instructing each to live out their constructed lives in a growing mockup of the city outside. The years rapidly fold into each other, and Caden buries himself deeper into his masterpiece, but the textured tangle of real and theatrical relationships blurs the line between the world of the play and that of Caden’s own deteriorating reality.

And as weird as all that sounds, I’m rather certain that Kaufman — probably the most unique and distinctive screenwriting voice in American film today — will make it all tie together. I love Eternal Sunshine, and I’ve enjoyed all of his other movies to some extent or another. If nothing else, what looks to be a magnificent central performance by Hoffman should be worth the price of admission alone.

Synecdoche, New York, hits limited release on October 24, 2008. A two and a half audio interview with Kaufman (conducted for WIRED by Jason Tanz) made the news blog rounds a while ago, but if you haven’t heard about it yet, it’s well worth the listen. If you’re a busy, busy person, you can just wait until November to read the edited version in the magazine on your commute.

The rough draft and first edit also provide a fascinating glimpse into how some of the best of the best pull together such an article, in case you are or aspire to be a writer on film, or anything, really.

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Posted on September 18, 2008 at 10:35 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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