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Synecdoche, New York (2008)

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Theater director Caden Cotard is mounting a new play. Fresh off of a successful production of Death of a Salesman, he has traded in the suburban blue-hairs and regional theater of Schenectady for the cultured audiences and bright footlights of Broadway. Armed with a MacArthur grant and determined to create a piece of brutal realism and honesty, something into which he can put his whole self, he gathers an ensemble cast into a warehouse in Manhattan''s theater district. He directs them in a celebration of the mundane, instructing each to live out their constructed lives in a small mockup of the city outside. As the city inside the warehouse grows, Caden''s own life veers wildly off the tracks. The shadow of his ex-wife Adele, a celebrated painter who left him years ago for Germany''s art scene, sneers at him from every corner. Somewhere in Berlin, his daughter Olive is growing up under the questionable guidance of Adele''s friend, Maria. He''s helplessly driving his marriage to actress Claire into the ground. Sammy Barnathan, the actor Caden has hired to play himself within the play, is a bit too perfect for the part, and is making it difficult for Caden to revive his relationship with the alluringly candid Hazel. Meanwhile, his therapist, Madeline Gravis, is better at plugging her best-seller than she is at counseling him. His is second daughter, Ariel, is disabled. And a mysterious condition is systematically shutting down each of his autonomic functions, one by one. As the years rapidly pass, Caden buries himself deeper into his masterpiece. Populating the cast and crew with doppelgangers, he steadily blurs the line between the world of the play and that of his own deteriorating reality. As he pushes the limits of his relationships, both personally and professionally, a change in creative direction arrives in Millicent Weems, a celebrated theater actress who may offer Caden the break he needs.

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Austin Film Critics Association
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2008 Won Austin Film Critics Award Best Screenplay, Original
Charlie Kaufman
 
Cannes Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2008 Nominated Golden Palm Charlie Kaufman
 
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2008 Nominated CFCA Award Best Screenplay, Original
Charlie Kaufman
 
Gotham Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2008 Won Best Ensemble Cast Philip Seymour Hoffman
Samantha Morton
Michelle Williams
Catherine Keener
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Dianne Wiest
Emily Watson
Hope Davis
Tom Noonan
Tied with Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008).
Nominated Best Film Charlie Kaufman (director/producer)
Anthony Bregman (producer)
Spike Jonze (producer)
Sidney Kimmel (producer)
 
Independent Spirit Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2009 Won Independent Spirit Award Best First Feature
Charlie Kaufman (director/producer)
Anthony Bregman (producer)
Spike Jonze (producer)
Sidney Kimmel (producer)
Robert Altman Award Charlie Kaufman (director)
Jeanne McCarthy (casting director)
Hope Davis
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Catherine Keener
Samantha Morton
Tom Noonan
Emily Watson
Dianne Wiest
Michelle Williams
Nominated Independent Spirit Award Best Screenplay
Charlie Kaufman
 
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2008 Won LAFCA Award Best Production Design
Mark Friedberg
 
Online Film Critics Society Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2009 Nominated OFCS Award Best Screenplay, Original
Charlie Kaufman
Breakthrough Filmmaker
Charlie Kaufman
 
Visual Effects Society Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2009 Nominated VES Award Outstanding Created Environment in a Feature Motion Picture
Brett Miller
Thad Garrett Eaton
Matthew Conner
For the created environment.
Outstanding Matte Paintings in a Feature Motion Picture
Brett Miller
Thad Garrett Eaton
Matthew Conner
For the matte paintings.
Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture
Mark Russell
Richard Friedlander
Eric J. Robertson
Brett Miller
 

 

 

 

 

 





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