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Boston Underground Film Festival • March 21–25

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Thu, Oct 29, 2015

Independent Film Festival Boston Fall Focus 2015Premieres ArchiveSpecial Engagements Archive


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Special Premiere Screening!

Update: A limited number of additional tickets will be released for online sale at 4pm on Wednesday 10/28.

(2015) dir Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman w/David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan [90 min; DCP]
“I have this very adverse reaction to Hollywood romances,” Charlie Kaufman once told American broadcaster Charlie Rose. “They’ve been very damaging to me growing up.” In Anomalisa, he and Duke Johnson adapt Kaufman’s play of the same name into a mesmerizing work of stop-motion animation. This story of two unlikely lovers is very much a romance — but one that’s been forged in one of cinema’s most distinctive minds.

Michael Stone (David Thewlis) is a successful motivational speaker with fans across the country, but inside him sits a knot of anxietythat renders much of his daily life meaningless. Everything and everyone just seems the same to him. But then Michael meets Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh) on a speaking-tour stop in Cincinnati. Lisa is an anomaly.

Michael and Lisa begin with prickly, cautious conversations and then move towards love. But, unlike in a conventional Hollywood romance, that romantic arc is neither simple nor obvious. The love scene at the heart of Anomalisa should instantly rocket up the list of cinema’s greatest. It’s intimate, awkward, heartbreaking, and deeply erotic despite the fact that the lovers are made of felt.

Returning to the themes of human connection and artistic creation that ran through his feature directorial debut, Synecdoche, NewYork, as well as his screenplays for Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Kaufman delivers an even more insightful rumination on love here, one that finds its perfect expression in the fragility of the film team’s stop-motion figures. This is a beautiful, one-of-a-kind romance.
– Cameron Bailey, Toronto International Film Festival

“Kaufman is taking our brains apart and showing us the gears.” – Amy Nicholson, L.A. Weekly

“Most remarkable is how a movie with such weighty themes can also be so much fun.” – Jordan Hoffman, Mashable

“It’s what you imagine might have happened if Charlie Kaufman had got his hands on Up in the Air or Lost in Translation.” – Dave Calhoun, Time Out

Buy Tickets – IFFB Fall Focus 2015:

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Sunday 10/25 at 7:00 PM
Monday 10/27 at 8:30 PM
Tuesday 10/27 at 8:00 PM
Wednesday 10/28 at 7:30 PM
Thursday 10/29 at 8:30 PM (SOLD OUT)

Tickets $13 General Public, $11 Students/Seniors/IFFB & Brattle Members. Brattle Passes not accepted for this event.

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