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Charlie Kaufman On Being — And Directing

Charlie Kaufman won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 2005 for <em>Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind</em>.
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Charlie Kaufman won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 2005 for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaption) is known for his disjointed narratives and quirky characters. Now he brings that off-beat sensibility to his directorial debut, Synecdoche, New York.

The film features Phillip Seymour Hoffman as a theater director who builds a life-size model of Manhattan's theater district in a warehouse in upstate New York. As Hoffman's character becomes increasingly obsessed with his mock-up of Manhattan reality, he starts to lose control of his own.

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