SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK: Philip Seymour Hoffman Memorial

Director Charlie Kaufman
Year 2008
Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman
Rating R
Run Time 124min
More Info IMDb

Proceeds from this screening will go to benefit The Labyrinth Theater Company.

It's a sad day when we announce a memorial screening and even sadder when it's for a performer still at his peak. Philip Seymour Hoffman was a man of many talents and when it comes down to singling out his greatest single achievement or contribution to our world, all answers are correct.

Hoffman was a constant chameleon on the screen, elevating every piece of work he touched to a higher level. He always pushed himself for more and challenged all those around him. He was a leading man and a character actor. An every man and a villain. He could create the funniest moment and the most heartbreaking.  Philip Seymour Hoffman was a gift and every performance he gave was his best.

He never settled into any mode, always striving to find something new and compelling and that is why we are presenting SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK as a celebration of the life of a man who affected so many.

Hoffman stars in Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut as a theatre director, Caden Cotard, who struggles with his work, and the women in his life. Not complacent to rest on the laurels of his previous successes he strives to find something with brutal realism and honesty.

As he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play, Caden begins to lose himself in the art that he is creating. The world of the play and that of his own deteriorating reality begin to merge until the line between performer and performance is lost and Caden is forced to confront his own existence.

SYNECDOCHE is heady dense stuff, but it's a film with so many layers that repeat viewings are constantly rewarded with new revelations.

This film may not be Hoffman's most iconic, celebrated or remembered film, but it is a testament to a performer who was never satisfied and always strived to surprise us and for that I will be forever grateful.  (Greg MacLennan)

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