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Zagreb Film Festival
19 - 25 October 2008

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Synecdoche, New York
USA , 2008

Directed by: Charlie Kaufman
Script: Charlie Kaufman
Producer: Anthony Bregman, Charlie Kaufman, Spike Jonze, Sidney Kimmel
Production company: Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
Cinematography: Fred Elmes
Editing: Robert Frazen
Music: Jon Brion
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener, Emily Watson, Dianne Wiest, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hope Davis, Tom Noonan

Format: boja, color, 35mm
Running time: 124'

Hoffman plays Caden, whose problems include a failing marriage to Adele (Catherine Keener) and a career that is heading downhill fast. When Adele leaves him to pursue her own art career in Berlin, Caden throws himself into his new Broadway show. He creates a synecdoche of his life, in which a part stands for the whole. The film's narrative begins in Schenectady, New York, and the play between the two words is just one of countless ludic details that spring forth like sparks in this film. As Caden attempts to fill his domestic void with dramatic recreations, he casts a lanky actor (Tom Noonan) as a near doppelgänger, a beautiful actress (Michelle Williams) as his wife and a quirky look-alike (Emily Watson) as his love interest, who in real life is an even quirkier box-office attendant named Hazel (Samantha Morton). As the players attempt to reproduce the goings-on in Caden's life at a 1:1 ratio, complications multiply. The real and the simulacrum start literally talking to one another, and Caden becomes both puppeteer and puppet on his own stage.

Directors Biography
Charlie Kaufman was born in New York City and studied film at New York University. He has written several award-winning screenplays, including Being John Malkovich (1999), Human Nature (2001), Adaptation (2002), Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). Synecdoche, New York (2008) is his directorial debut.

Location and screening schedule:
matinee: SC Cinema, Tuesday, October 21st at 11.00
premiere: SC Cinema, Tuesday, October 21st at 22.30
reprisal: EUROPA Cinema, Wednesday, October 22nd at 16.00

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