In Anomalisa’s stop-motion world all men and women have the same face and voice and behave like marionettes. One woman is an anomaly (voiced by Jennifer Jason Leigh) and attracts the attention of famous customer service guru Michael Stone (David Thewlis) who is schlepping himself around yet another business hotel, depressed. The fabulously detailed Anomalisa is a great example of animation’s potential. In Venice the film won the Grand Jury Prize and the film is nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film. Co-director and scriptwriter Charlie Kaufman based the scenario for the partially Kickstarter-crowdfunded film on his own, eponymous play.
The constructed appearance of the stop-motion animation is neatly aligned with Kaufman's always fantastic, comedic and sometimes deeply sad quests for his worlds’ hidden mechanisms as evinced by Synecdoche, New York (2008) and his scripts for Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze, 1999) and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004).
Directors
Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2015
Festival Edition
IFFR 2016
Length
90'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Rosa Tran, Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, Dino Stamatopoulos
Production Company
Starburns Industries
Sales
HanWay Films
Screenplay
Charlie Kaufman
Cinematography
Joe Passarelli
Editor
Garret Elkins
Production Design
John Joyce, Huy Vu
Music
Carter Burwell
Cast
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Local Distributor
Universal Pictures Benelux