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Day 9: Live from Cannes: Once again inside Kaufman’s maze in Synecdoche, New York

I had to wait until the second last day in these film Olympics to see my most anticipated film of the festival, and of the year. Running the gamut of everything from being in and taking control of one’s life, to obsessing over things that you can keep into check (relationships, managing actors, and working on large productions) and to uselessly trying to control the things

I had to wait until the second last day in these film Olympics to see my most anticipated film of the festival, and of the year. Running the gamut of everything from being in and taking control of one’s life, to obsessing over things that you can keep into check (relationships, managing actors, and working on large productions) and to uselessly trying to control the things you can not change from disease, aging and death, Synecdoche, New York details what kind of magnitude that these conditions can carry on the individual – brilliantly portrayed once again by Seymour Hoffman.

As Kaufmanesque as his previous brilliant other work dealing with relationships (BJM, ESOTSM and Adaptation), this is smart tragic-comedy that will play well for sophisticated moviegoers and to anyone who of considers themselves a fan of the writer and now director but it’s theatrical success depends on what kind of domestic distributor takes on such a project – this is an award season title that will need the concentrated effort to pull viewers into this heavily, detailed maze.

In Cannes to present the film were producers Spike Jonze, Anthony Bregman, Hoffman, Williams, Morton, and Tom Noonan & Catherine Keener not featured below. Here are some pics I took before they entered the press conference and here’s the official Cannes Poster (which details the number of changes that may occur in an entire troupe’s stage performance. Look for full review coming soon!

Synecdoche, New York Cannes Kaufman

Charlie Kaufman

Synecdoche, New York Cannes Spike Jonze 2008

Spike Jonze

Synecdoche, New York Cannes Samantha Morton

Samantha Morton

Synecdoche, New York Cannes Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Synecdoche, New York Cannes Poster 2008

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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