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Charlie Kaufman breaks hiatus on own terms in ‘Anomalisa’ at Telluride

On 04, Sep 2015 | In Featured, Press & News | By

It’s a mystery as vexing as the purpose of the seventh-and-a-half floor: Where exactly has Charlie Kaufman been?

For nearly a decade beginning in 1999, the screenwriter was a phenomenon, turning out blazingly original work such as “Being John Malkovich,” “Adaptation,” “Synecdoche, New York” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”

And then he went quiet. In the last seven years, Kaufman has had not a single produced script land in theaters or on the air. The most prominent references to him were in absentia, as with a cultish 2010 episode of his friend Dan Harmon’s “Community,” in which a character created a self-referential film in the Kaufman spirit.

At a premiere Friday night at the Telluride Film Festival, that will change, as the writer-director breaks his long artistic silence. And in a manner befitting a man who once gave a co-screenwriting credit to a fictional brother (“Donald Kaufman” in “Adaptation”), he will do so on his own deeply idiosyncratic terms.

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