First Poster for Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York

May 29, 2008

First Poster for Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York

The first poster for Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York has debuted courtesy of our good friends over at You've probably heard mention of this film recently given it debuted at the Cannes Film Festival last week and has been building some buzz. Coming out of Cannes it's run into mixed reviews, but the consensus at least seems to be that it is a "mindfuck-dreamscape." To be honest, I didn't even understand what was going on in this poster until Peter Scrietta from SlashFilm clarified it. Now that he has made some sense of the imagery, I'm actually very intrigued by the design.

In case you're curious, Peter explains that the poster "gives you the feeling of exactly how much of an undertaking it would be to recreate New York City inside a warehouse." Great point and now that he explains it, it all makes sense! And the "mindfuck-dreamscape" quote comes from Jeffrey Wells, who made that comment after emerging from the Cannes screening. What are your thoughts?

Synecdoche, New York

Synecdoche, New York stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as a theater director named Caden Cotard, whose life in Schenectady, New York is looking bleak. His wife Adele has left him to pursue her painting in Berlin, taking their young daughter Olive with her. A new relationship with the alluringly candid Hazel has prematurely run aground. And a mysterious condition is systematically shutting down each of his body’s autonomic functions. Worried about the transience of his life, he moves his theater company to a warehouse in New York City. 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.

Synecdoche, New York is both written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, who is making his directorial debut after writing such screenplays as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Adaptation, and Being John Malkovich. The film does not currently have a US distributor, but it's expected to pick one up in the next few months and be released by the end of 2008.

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The idea for this movie sounds really interesting and Phillip Seymour Hoffman is an amazing actor. I expect very good things from this movie.

Logan on May 29, 2008


So psyched for this. Charlie Kaufman's been my hero ever since he heroicly summed up the entire history of planet Earth, culminating in his own birth, in Adaptation. (in about 60 seconds, no less) That takes some serious writerly balls, in my opinion. (Being John Malkovich was pretty awesome, too.) I'd love to see him work with Michel Gondry again. Those two are the mad geniuses of our generation's entire film ouvre.

Ricardo MontalBomb on May 29, 2008


I agree with Ricardo MontalBomb (about the Gondry/mad geniuses thing).

Gordon on May 30, 2008

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