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Synecdoche, New York marked the directorial debut of iconoclastic, cerebral screenwriter [[Performer~P271315~Charlie Kaufman~charliekaufman]]. [[Performer~P32716~Philip Seymour Hoffman~philipseymourhoffman]] stars as Caden Cotard, an eccentric playwright who lives with artist Adele Lack ([[Performer~P37341~Catherine Keener~catherinekeener]]) and their daughter Olive in Schenectady, upstate New York. Prone to neuroses, misgivings and enormous self-doubt, Caden also begins suffering from accelerated physical deterioration - from blood in his stools to disfigured skin. Upon receiving a prestigious MacArthur grant, Caden decides to use the money to concoct one gigantic play as an analogue of his own life; he builds massive sets amid a New York City warehouse, casts others as his friends, family and acquaintances, and casts others to play the ones he's casting. After Adele whisks Olive off to Europe but demonstrates no sign of returning soon, Caden drifts into a series of relationships with lovers - first with box office employee Hazel (Samantha Morton), who purchases and moves into a house that is perpetually on fire; then with Tammy ([[Performer~P221329~Emily Watson~emilywatson]]), an actress assigned to play Hazel in the theatrical project; and subsequently with others. Unfortunately, the play itself grows so big and unwieldy - and rehearsals go on for so long, taking literally decades - that it becomes unclear if the production itself will ever launch. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

  • Release date:October 24, 2008

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Hope Davis Robert Altman Award 2008 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Jeanne McCarthy Robert Altman Award 2008 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Anthony Bregman Best First Feature 2008 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Mark Friedberg Best Production Design 2008 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Sidney Kimmel Best First Feature 2008 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Catherine Keener Robert Altman Award 2008 Winner
Austin Film Critics Charlie Kaufman Best Original Screenplay 2008 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Charlie Kaufman Best First Feature 2008 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Charlie Kaufman Robert Altman Award 2008 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Charlie Kaufman Best Screenplay 2008 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Charlie Kaufman Best Original Screenplay 2008 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Charlie Kaufman Best Screenplay 2008 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Dianne Wiest Robert Altman Award 2008 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Jennifer Jason Leigh Robert Altman Award 2008 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Michelle Williams Robert Altman Award 2008 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Samantha Morton Robert Altman Award 2008 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Spike Jonze Best First Feature 2008 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Tom Noonan Robert Altman Award 2008 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Philip Seymour Hoffman Robert Altman Award 2008 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Emily Watson Robert Altman Award 2008 Winner

Cast

Philip Seymour Hoffman
as Caden Cotard
Samantha Morton
as Hazel
Michelle Williams
as Claire Keen
Catherine Keener
as Adele Lack
Emily Watson
as Tammy
Dianne Wiest
as Ellen Bascomb/Millicent Weems
Jennifer Jason Leigh
as Maria
Hope Davis
as Madeleine Gravis
Tom Noonan
as Sammy Barnathan
Sadie Goldstein
as Olive (Age 4)
Robin Weigert
as Olive (Adult)
Daniel London
as Tom
Robert Seay
as David
Stephen Adly-Guirgis
as Davis
Frank Girardeau
as Plumber
Paul Sparks
as Derek
Jerry Adler
as Caden's Father
Lynn Cohen
as Caden's Mother
Peter Friedman
as Emergency Room Doctor
Charles Techman
as Like Clockwork Patient
Josh Pais
as Opthamologist
Amy Wright
as Burning House Realtor
Deirdre O'Connell
as Ellen's Mother
Kat Peters
as Ellen (10 Years Old)
Michael Higgins

Crew

Charlie Kaufman
Director
Charlie Kaufman
Producer
Sidney Kimmel
Producer
Spike Jonze
Producer
Anthony Bregman
Producer
Charlie Kaufman
Screenwriter
Bonnie Greenberg
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jon Brion
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Frazen
Editor
Mark Friedberg
Production Designer
Adam Stockhausen
Art Director
William Horberg
Executive Producer
Bruce Toll
Executive Producer
Melissa Toth
Costume Designer
Lydia Marks
Set Decorator
Eugene Gearty
Sound/Sound Designer
Jeanne McCarthy
Casting
Drew Kunin
Sound Mixer
Erica Kay
Production Supervisor
Jessica Levin
Post Production Supervisor
Mark Hagerman
Production Coordinator
Eugene Gearty
Supervising Sound Editor
Drew Jiritano
Special Effects Coordinator
Mary Cybulski
Script Supervisor
Ray Angelic
Unit Production Manager
Reilly Steele
Re-Recording Mixer
Philip Stockton
Supervising Sound Editor
Jennifer Truelove
Second Assistant Director
David M. Dunlap
Second Unit Director Of Photography
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