Synecdoche, New York |


Samantha Morton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, ...

It’s been three years since Charlie Kaufman won an Oscar for writing the genre-bending head trip Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. His new movie (and directorial debut) follows a frustrated theater director (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who sets out to create a masterpiece to impress his estranged wife (Catherine Keener). His project? A life-size ? re-creation of New York City, with thousands of actors all contained inside an improbably large warehouse. ”There’s a lot of stuff that goes on in this movie that is impossible,” says Kaufman, adding that the 45-day shoot itself was barely achievable. ”It was the middle of summer in a New York warehouse. It was 800 degrees.”
OUR TWO CENTS Synecdoche split audiences at Cannes last spring, and it’s bound to do the same here. But one thing’s for sure: It’ll be unlike anything else in theaters this fall. 10/24