Academy Award winning writer/director Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) screens his most recent film, Anomalisa, at 7:30 p.m. followed by a Q&A session at the Princeton Garden Theatre. Mr. Kaufman’s visit is part of the Cinema Today series organized by Princeton Arts Fellow Pacho Velez and Professor of Visual Art Joe Scanlan.

The event is free for Princeton University students, faculty and staff with valid PU ID but space is limited — this event is sold out.

Cinema Today, the Lewis Center for the Arts’ new film series, invites some of the world’s most exciting directorial talents to the Princeton Garden Theatre. Featuring contemporary filmmakers eager to share their work, insights, and experience with the Princeton community. Some screenings are stand-alone, while four evenings include a film screening and a freewheeling question-and-answer session with the directors. Through discussions of formal aesthetics, narrative techniques, and social commitments, the series tackles many pressing issues at the heart of cinema today.


Writer/director Charlie Kaufman returns with a wonderful surprise: this stunning stop-motion animated film. It’s about a celebrated writer in the midst of an existential crisis who seeks human connection during a night at a hotel. Equal parts tender and humorous, this animated film for adults is unlike anything you have ever seen, which is exactly what you’d expect from Kaufman. Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes.

“What’s fascinating is how the things that make the film different are the very things that make it emotionally engaging.”
– Bob Mondello, NPR

Presented By

  • Program in Visual Arts
  • Princeton Garden Theater