ANOMALISA is a stop-motion adult animated comedy-drama film directed by Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and Duke Johnson, based on a play written by Kaufman (under the pseudonym Francis Fregoli) in 2005. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival, after premiering at the Telluride Film Festival.
Michael Stone, husband, father and respected author of “How May I Help You Help Them?” is a man crippled by the mundanity of his life. On a business trip to Cincinnati, where he’s scheduled to speak at a convention of customer service professionals, he checks into the Fregoli Hotel. There, he is amazed to discover a possible escape from his desperation in the form of an unassuming Akron baked goods sales rep, Lisa, who may or may not be the love of his life. The film features the vocal cast of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan and David Thewlis.