Please Surrender All Your Oscars to Synecdoche, New York


The trailer for Charlie Kaufman‘s long-awaited directorial debut Synechdoche, New York has finally arrived.

The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as a playwright named Caden, whose autonomic functions begin to shut down one by one. Before he dies he wants to do something great – so he decides to build a scale model of New York inside an old warehouse for his final play. Eventually reality and art become entangled as Caden struggles with his work, his romantic relationships and his identity.

Charlie Kaufman is such a good writer, it’s almost a cliche to say you like him. Well don’t worry. If any film snob smirks when you tell them Kaufman is your favourite screenwriter, don’t let it get to you. They probably spend their nights watching Michael Haneke films and criticising the sorry state of American cinema.

Previous Kaufman screenplays Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind are three of the best films of the decade (and let’s face it, of all time).

This film looks absolutely amazing. It received mixed reviews at Cannes this year, but films this bold always do. Maybe it’ll be a little too offbeat for any Oscar wins – but from the looks of this trailer, it looks like it at least deserves some nominations. Philip Seymour Hoffman is probably one of the greatest actors currently working, and his supporting ladies (Catherine Keener, Emily Watson, Samantha Morton) are all Oscar-calibre too. It is a crime that Kaufman has only ONE Academy Award to his name. And while I’m handing out theoretical nominations, how about one for unappreciated composer Jon Brion, who has provided amazing scores for Magnolia and Punch Drunk Love.

Anyway, enough swooning.

Synecdoche, New York does not yet have a release date.

One Response to “Please Surrender All Your Oscars to Synecdoche, New York”

  1. another influence – Alain Resnais’s Providence? God that was a power-pack when it came out. Never hear much about it these days.

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