ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
2004, Focus Features, 108 min, USA, Dir: Michel Gondry

Director Michel Gondry and writer Charlie Kaufman’s second collaboration earned them a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for this unusual sci-fi romance, hailed by Entertainment Weekly, Paste Magazine and many others as one of the best films of the 2000s. After a break-up, Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet have their memories of each other erased by the Lacuna corporation, but the former lovers remain joined by fate.


SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK
2008, Sony Pictures Classics, 124 min, USA, Dir: Charlie Kaufman

After his wife leaves him, theater director Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman) decides to stage his most ambitious piece, a production that will encompass his entire life. Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, ADAPTATION), here directing for the first time, uses Caden and the world he creates (which consists of a replica of New York built in a warehouse) to explore the vastness of human experience in all its emotional and intellectual complexity. The result: what Roger Ebert called the best film of its decade. With a stellar supporting cast that includes Catherine Keener, Michelle Williams, Hope Davis and Jennifer Jason Leigh.


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