Synecdoche, New York is a 2008 American film written and directed by Charlie Kaufman. It is Kaufman's directorial debut.
The film premiered in competition at the 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 23, 2008. Sony Pictures Classics acquired the United States distribution rights, paying no money but agreeing to give the film's backers a portion of the revenues. It had a limited theatrical release in the U.S. on October 24, 2008.
The film's title is a play on Schenectady, New York, where much of the film is set, and the concept of synecdoche, wherein a part of something stands for the whole.