Charlie Kaufman’s Confounding Synecdoche at Busan Cinematheque

SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK

Directed by: Charlie Kaufman

Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener

Where: Busan Cinematheque

When: March 2-18

Charlie Kaufman’s directorial debut is by far his most bizarre work. And coming from a man who has more or less made ‘bizarre’ his calling card, with films like “Being John Malkovitch” (1999), “Adaptation” (2002), “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004) on his list of writing credits, rest assured that “Synecdoche, New York” delivers a good dose of what’s now often more simply referred to as “Kaufman-esque.” It’s hilarious, surreal, and moving, if somewhat more of a headscratcher than any of his previous movies.

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