Landmark Theatres Hosting Charlie Kaufman Retrospective in January
by Alex Billington
December 24, 2015
In honor of the upcoming release of the new Charlie Kaufman film Anomalisa, Paramount Pictures is presenting a retrospective of four his previous films playing on the big screen again at Landmark Theatres in NY, LA, Chicago and San Francisco. Kaufman's Anomalisa is an intelligent, stop-motion animated drama co-directed by Duke Johnson, earning rave reviews from critics after premiering at festivals. The four films they're bringing back as part of the Kaufman retrospective are: Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Synecdoche, New York. All are brilliant films, all worth seeing (again).
The four-day retrospective will run January 4th to 7th, 2016 with special screenings of five of Kaufman's most critically acclaimed films. (The fifth one being Anomalisa, which will be showing with Q&As in New York and Los Angeles.) They will be screening at Landmark Theatres in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and San Francisco, so check your local listings. Details from Paramount Pictures on all of the films showing:
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Monday, January 4 | 1:00 p.m.
Nominated for three Academy Awards, including for Best Screenplay for Kaufman, Being John Malkovich follows a puppeteer who discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of the movie star John Malkovich. Directed by Spike Jonze, written by Charlie Kaufman, and produced by Steve Golin, Vincent Landay, Sandy Stern and Michael Stipe. Starring John Cusack, Cameron Diaz and Catherine Keener.
Tuesday, January 5 | 1:00 p.m.
Adaptation is the story of a lovelorn screenwriter who becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean for the screen. The film earned Kaufman his second Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay, two acting nominations, and a win for Chris Cooper for Best Actor. Directed by Spike Jonze, written by Susan Orlean, Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman, and produced by Jonathan Demme, Vincent Landay and Edward Saxon. Starring Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Wednesday, January 6 | 1:00 p.m.
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind follows a couple that undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories when their relationship turns sour. It is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. Starring Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, who earned an Academy Award® nomination for her performance, and Tom Wilkinson. Directed by Michel Gondry, written by Charlie Kaufman, and produced by Anthony Bregman and Steve Golin.
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Thursday, January 7 | 1:00 p.m.
Kaufman's directorial debut, Synecdoche, New York, for which he also wrote the screenplay, tells the story of a theatre director struggling with his work and the women in his life as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play. Nominated for the Palme d'Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival and winner of the Best First Film Award and the Robert Altman Award at the Independent Spirit Awards. Produced by Anthony Bregman, Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman and Sidney Kimmel. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton and Michelle Williams.
Monday, January 4 in Los Angeles
Thursday, January 7 in New York
Michael Stone, husband, father and respected author of "How May I Help You Help Them?" is a man crippled by the mundanity of his life. On a business trip to Cincinnati, where he's scheduled to speak at a convention of customer service professionals, he checks into the Fregoli Hotel. There, he is amazed to discover a possible escape from his desperation in the form of an unassuming Akron baked goods sales rep, Lisa, who may or may not be the love of his life. Anomalisa is co-directed by Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson (animation work on "Community", "Moral Orel", "Mary Shelley's Frankenhole"), from a screenplay by Charlie Kaufman (Synecdoche New York, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich), originally based on a play. This premiered at the Telluride, Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. Paramount will release Anomalisa in select theaters first starting December 30th, before wide in January.