Synecdoche, New York


2h 4m 2008

Brief Synopsis

Theater director Caden Cotard is mounting a new play. His life catering to suburban blue-hairs at the local regional theater 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. His therapist, Madeleine G

Film Details

Also Known As
Sinedoque, Nova York, Synecdoche, Synecdoche New York - Todas las vidas, mi vida, New York, Synecdouche
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2008
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics
Location
New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 4m

Synopsis

Theater director Caden Cotard is mounting a new play. His life catering to suburban blue-hairs at the local regional theater 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. His therapist, Madeleine Gravis, is better at plugging her best-seller than she is at counseling him. A new relationship with the alluringly candid Hazel has prematurely run aground. And a mysterious condition is systematically shutting down each of his autonomic functions, one by one. Worried about the transience of his life, he leaves his home behind. He gathers an ensemble cast into a warehouse in New York City, hoping to create a work of brutal honesty. 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. Somewhere in Berlin, his daughter is growing up under the questionable guidance of Adele's friend, Maria. His lingering attachments to both Adele and Hazel are causing him to helplessly drive his new marriage to actress Claire into the ground. Sammy and Tammy, the actors hired to play Caden and Hazel, are making it difficult for the real Caden to revive his relationship with the real Hazel. The textured tangle of real and theatrical relationships blurs the line between the world of the play and that of Caden's own deteriorating reality. The years rapidly fold into each other, and Caden buries himself deeper into his masterpiece. 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.

Crew

Nicole Abellera

Casting Associate

Daniel Abramovich

Digital Effects Artist

Arlynn Abseck

Wardrobe Supervisor

Jason Acevedo

Craft Service

Derrick Alford

Construction

Glenn Allen

Visual Effects Producer

Sebastian Almeida

Assistant Camera

Ben Altarescu

Apprentice

Peter Amante

Digital Effects Artist

Christian Amundson

Apprentice

Peter Anders

Caterer

Robert M Andres

Key Grip

Ray Angelic

Production Manager

Ray Angelic

Executive Producer

Paloma Anoveros

Visual Effects Producer

Mike Antolino

Models

Arianne Apicelli

Set Production Assistant

Chris Armstrong

Animator

Peter Armstrong

Visual Effects Producer

Chris Arnold

Other

Ashley Arrison

Assistant

Nora Ashkar

Art Department Coordinator

Joann Atwood

On-Set Dresser

Brad Bachtell

Scenic Artist

John Bair

Visual Effects Supervisor

Shiva Shankar Bajpai

Apprentice

Jamie Baker

Foley Editor

Antony Baldasare

On-Set Dresser

Justin Ball

Software Engineer

Renuka Ballal

Visual Effects Producer

Sudhir Banekar

Digital Effects Artist

Robert Barnett

Scenic Artist

Guy Barresi

Technical Operations Manager

Steve Bartek

Original Music

Steven Barth

Scenic Artist

Allison Barton

Grip

Maureen Beitler

Medic

Julia Berg

Assistant

Rori Bergman

Casting Associate

Andrea Bergstol

Other

Mark Bero

Special Effects Foreman

David Berti

Consultant

Gauri Bhagwat

Digital Effects Artist

John Billeci

Rigging Electrician

Mirashyam Blakeslee

Set Production Assistant

Terra Bliss-alvarez

Film Lab

Joanne Bloom

Casting Assistant

Arthur Blum

Dolly Grip

John Bobick

Grip

Emily Boettcher

Apprentice

Geoffrey Booth

Apprentice

Anna Bosco

Accountant

Cheryl Boyarsky

Art Department

Steve Boyle

Post-Production Accountant

Julian Bratolyubov

Music

Mike Braun

Production Assistant

Anthony Bregman

Producer

Jon Brion

Music

Jon Brion

Song

Jon Brion

Original Music

Robert Brown

Transportation Co-Captain

Stephen Brown

Film Lab

Philip Buccellato

Graphics

Jamie Buckner

Production Assistant

Lia Burkeman

Apprentice

Alexander Burnham

Greensman

Edward Bursch

Apprentice

Matthew Callagy

Driver

Michael D Canale

Driver

Donald M Canfield

Motion Control

Luke Cantarella

Art Director

Jorge Carangui

Caterer

Anne Carson

Assistant Camera

Eric Caudieux

Music

Nicholas Cerniglia

Digital Effects

Kam Chan

Foley Editor

Vasistha Chawda

Digital Effects Artist

Parker Chehak

Visual Effects

Aaron Gerhard Chiesa

Visual Effects

Judy Chin

Makeup

Inhan Cho

Apprentice

Utumporn Chompen

Digital Effects Artist

Sujata S Choudhari

Digital Effects Artist

Richard Clark

Driver

Chris Cloud

Location Assistant

Chris Colombo

Stunt Player

Matthew Conner

Matte Painter

Connie Conrad

Cgi Artist

H. H. Cooper

Assistant Director

Meghan Corea

Apprentice

Martial Corneville

Wig Maker

Dylan Correll

Apprentice

Abe Costanza

Scenic Artist

Marko Costanzo

Foley Artist

Peter Costello

Driver

Tom Creehan

Driver

Sasha Cummins

Hair Stylist

Mary Cybulski

Script Supervisor

Cara Czekanski

Key Costumer

Ben D'andrea

Grip

Jerry Decarlo

Hair

Vijay S Deshmukh

Digital Effects Artist

James Dewolf

Grip

Alex Digerlando

Art Department

Paul George Divone

Construction

Aleksandar Djordjevic

Digital Effects Artist

Mark Dolce

Driver

Morgan Donaho

Casting Assistant

Kat Donahue

Assistant Location Manager

Devin Donegan

Video Assist/Playback

Naomi Donne

Makeup Artist

Jessica Donnelly

Visual Effects

Jay Duerr

Music

Steven Duke

On-Set Dresser

David Dunlap

Director Of Photography

Garrett Eaton

Matte Painter

John Edmundson

Production Assistant

Edward James Egan

Grip

Kevin Egan

Grip

Johnathan Ellis

Medic

Fred Elmes

Director Of Photography

Jeffrey A. Eplett

Best Boy Electric

John Farina

Rigging Grip

Natalie Farrey

Assistant

Kimberly Feinman

Location Manager

Jim Ferris

Swing

David Fidel

Art Department

Chris Fielder

Assistant Sound Editor

Laura Fine

Apprentice

Glenn Fjotland

Grip

Charlotte Fleck

Dialect Coach

Kevin Flynn

Driver

Chris Forester-smith

Apprentice

David Formentin

Apprentice

Scott Frankel

Visual Effects Supervisor

Jamie Franklin

Film Lab

Robert Frazen

Editor

Jason Freese

Music

Mark Friedberg

Production Designer

Richard Friedlander

Visual Effects Producer

Samuel Friedman

Best Boy Electric

Nir Gaon

Scenic Artist

Joe Gawler

Colorist

Scott Gaynos

Digital Effects Artist

Eugene Gearty

Sound Editor

Eugene Gearty

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Abbot Genser

Photography

Dror Gescheit

Rerecording

Mohmed Ghouse

Digital Effects Artist

James Giblin

Driver

Jeffrey Lee Gibson

Stunt Player

Mary C Gierczak

Costumer

Elisabeth Giglio

Post-Production Sound

Alison Gilham

Scenic Artist

Jeanne L Gilliland

Boom Operator

Jim Gilstrap

Music

David Ginsberg

Assistant Location Manager

Scott Glascock

Stand-In

Sadie Goldstein

Song Performer

Erik Gonzalez

Visual Effects

Mark Goodermote

Boom Operator

Jonathan Graham

Construction

Jeremiah Grant

Digital Effects Artist

Dennis Green

Video Assist/Playback

Bonnie Greenberg

Music Supervisor

Roman Greller

Dresser

George Grenier

Craft Service

Nate Grubb

Assistant Director

Carlos Guerra

Steadicam Operator

Roopesh Gujar

Visual Effects Producer

Mark Hagerman

Production Coordinator

John Halligan

Grip

Sandy Hamilton

Property Master

Barbara Harris

Adr Voice Casting

Mark Harrison

Apprentice

Shaune Harrison

Visual Effects

Ruth Hernandez

Adr Editor

Carl Hettling

Driver

Don Hewitt

Stunt Player

Don J Hewitt

Stunt Player

Nicholas Hill

Greensman

Arlo Hoffman

Greensman

Brian Hogan

Driver

Sean Hogan

Production Accountant

Eloisa Honrada

Digital Effects Artist

William Horberg

Executive Producer

John House

Grip

Izchel C Huerta

Visual Effects

Lee Hughes

Digital Effects Artist

Jules Hulburd

Set Production Assistant

Paul Huntly

Wig Maker

Tony Ingrassellino

Transportation Co-Captain

Ahmad Ismail

Titles And Opticals

Melissa L Jackson

Scenic Artist

Jacob Jaffke

Apprentice

Kim Jennings

Art Director

Deborah Jensen

Art Director

Drew Jiritano

Special Effects Coordinator

Lukasz Jogalla

Camera Operator

Robert L Johnson

Driver

Film Details

Also Known As
Sinedoque, Nova York, Synecdoche, Synecdoche New York - Todas las vidas, mi vida, New York, Synecdouche
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2008
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics
Location
New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 4m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 2008 award for Best Production Design by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA).

Winner of two 2008 Spirit Awards including the Robert Altman Award and Best First Feature; also nominated for Best Screenplay by Film Independent (FIND).

Limited Release in United States October 24, 2008

Released in United States Fall October 24, 2008

Released in United States on Video March 10, 2009

Released in United States October 2008

Shown at Chicago International Film Festival (Gala Presentation) October 16-29, 2008.

Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival (Closing Night Film/Spotlight) October 15-19, 2008.

Shown at London Film Festival (Film on the Square) October 15-30, 2008.

Feature directorial debut for Charlie Kaufman.

Limited Release in United States October 24, 2008 (NY, LA)

Released in United States Fall October 24, 2008

Released in United States on Video March 10, 2009

Released in United States October 2008 (Shown at Chicago International Film Festival (Gala Presentation) October 16-29, 2008.)

Released in United States October 2008 (Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival (Closing Night Film/Spotlight) October 15-19, 2008.)

Released in United States October 2008 (Shown at London Film Festival (Film on the Square) October 15-30, 2008.)