Charlie Kaufman fans have had to be patient, awaiting the next effort from the filmmaker, who last delivered “Synecdoche, New York” way, way back in 2008. But this year he has returned with another unique picture, the stop-motion animated “Anomalisa,” which he wrote, and co-directed with Duke Johnson. And after a stint on the festival circuit it’s coming to cinemas and we’re starting to see more of what he’s got up his sleeve.
As per usual, Kaufman’s movie zeroes in on the soul-crushing banality of modern life, this time focusing on Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis), a misanthropic customer service icon who is tasked with delivering a keynote speech to the industry in Cincinnati. It’s a tragi-comedy that we called “delightfully downcast and sometimes masterful,” and one that should definitely please Kaufman devotees.
Below, you check out a 15-minute Q&A with Kaufman, Johnson, and Thewlis from the BFI London Film Festival where “Anomalisa” had a surprise screen, plus a new image (via Being Charlie Kaufman) and poster (via Live For Films). “Anomalisa” opens on December 30th.