I just watched this trailer. I had read a little bit of the festival buzz about this film and I was intrigued. I’m still intrigued. It looks puzzling and potentially amazing. And I will watch Philip Seymour Hoffman in anything, but I am particularly excited to see him in a Charlie Kaufman film. I appreciated Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and went batshit crazy crushing over Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – All of which he wrote (and produced), but did not direct. Syndecoche, New York is his directorial debut. It opens on October 28th. It is definitely going on my list for next month.
In case you are curious about the title, like I was, here is some interesting info that I found:
According to WIkipedia:
The title is a play on Schenectady, New York, where some of the story takes place, with synecdoche, which reflects a trope of the film. The title also refers to the fact that the main character builds a replica of New York in a warehouse for his play.
The definition of “synecdoche” from Mirriam-Webster Dictionary online:
- Main Entry: syn·ec·do·che
- Pronunciation: \sə-ˈnek-də-(ˌ)kē\
- Function: noun
- Etymology: Latin, from Greek synekdochē, from syn- + ekdochē sense, interpretation, from ekdechesthai to receive, understand, from ex from + dechesthai to receive; akin to Greek dokein to seem good — more at ex-, decent
- Date: 15th century: a figure of speech by which a part is put for the whole (as fifty sail for fifty ships), the whole for a part (as society for high society), the species for the genus (as cutthroat for assassin), the genus for the species (as a creature for a man), or the name of the material for the thing made (as boards for stage)
And lastly, because I wanted to provide a synopsis, but found the one on the Wiki entry to be unsatisfactory, here is how it was described on /film:
Synecdoche, New York stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as a theater director named Caden Cotard, whose life in Schenectady, New York is looking bleak. His wife Adele has left him to pursue her painting in Berlin, taking their young daughter Olive with her. A new relationship with the alluringly candid Hazel has prematurely run aground. And a mysterious condition is systematically shutting down each of his body’s autonomic functions. Worried about the transience of his life, he moves his theater company to a warehouse in New York City. He directs them in a celebration of the mundane, instructing each to live out their constructed lives in a growing mockup of the city outside. Catherine Keener, Michelle Williams, Samantha Morton and Tilda Swinton co-star.