Synecdoche, New York
(USA, 2008, 122 minutes)
A neurotic, hypochondriac theatre director finds his life quickly unraveling as he takes on a megalomaniac endeavor to create a play that will run in real time in a vast warehouse. Surreal, morose fantasy on life, death and creative fulfillment that is so dense and metaphoric as to be literally mind-blowing; not an easy sell, but certainly food for thought.
A Sony Pictures Classics release. Sidney Kimmel Entertainment presents a Likely Story/Projective Testing Service/Russia, Inc. production. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener, Emily Watson, Dianne Wiest, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hope Davis, Tom Noonan. Directed and written by Charlie Kaufman; produced by Anthony Bregman, Charlie Kaufman, Spike Jonze, Sidney Kimmel; music by Jon Brion; director of photography (DeLuxe, widescreen), Fred Elmes; production designer, Mark Friedberg; costume designer, Melissa Toth; film editor, Robert Frazen; visual effects supervisor, Mark Russell.