Charlie Kaufman’s ‘Anomalisa’ Is Depressingly Uplifting in First Trailer (Video)

Stop-motion film was picked up by Paramount Pictures in September


The first trailer for “Anomalisa” has been released, and it’s dreamlike as it questions the meaning of life.

“What is it to be human?” says a voiceover in the trailer. “What is it to ache? What is it to be alive?”

The stop-motion film was co-directed by Kaufman, known for writing “Being John Malkovich” and “Adaptation,” and Duke Johnson, who has worked on animated projects like “Mary Shelley‘s Frankenhole” and “Moral Orel.” Kaufman also wrote the script.

The film follows a depressed motivational speaker (David Thewlis) who meets an enigmatic woman (Jennifer Jason Leigh) during a speaking engagement.

“Anomalisa” was recently acquired by Paramount Pictures in September following its screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Watch the video.