Charlie Kaufman’s ‘Anomalisa’ Gets Late 2015 Release from Paramount
The best movie I saw at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s Anomalisa. At the end of my review of the film, I noted that it didn’t have a U.S. distributor yet, so readers would have to keep their ears to the ground to find out when they’d be able to see this masterpiece for themselves.
Thankfully, they won’t have to wait too long.
Deadline reports that Kaufman and Johnson’s quirky stop-motion animated film has just been acquired by Paramount Pictures. Even more excitingly, they say that Paramount will release the film this year(ish), on December 30, 2015 in New York and Los Angeles. Get ready; this movie is going to appear on a lot of year-end top ten lists (including mine). Here’s the plot synopsis from TIFF’s website:
Michael Stone (David Thewlis) is a successful motivational speaker with fans across the country, but inside him sits a knot of anxiety that 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.
You can read more in my review, but let’s just say that this very mundane plot synopsis hides some very Kaufmanesque weirdness. Brilliant as it is, this movie is going to be a tough sell for some audiences; animation for adults always is, and Anomalisa is definitely not for kids (it features full-frontal puppet nudity, sex scenes, and some heavy themes and ideas). But it is great. With the right campaign, it could be an Oscar contender, and not just for Best Animated Film. Hopefully Paramount throws their full promotional weight behind this thing and gets it the attention it deserves.
Anomalisa opens on December 30 — start making plans to see it right now. You won’t be disappointed.