Sony Classics will handle the U.S. release of Charlie Kaufman’s directing debut “Synecdoche, New York,” the company confirmed Thursday.UTA brokered the sale of the Sidney Kimmel-produced pic, which preemed in competition in Cannes. The effects-heavy film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as a theater director in upstate New York who finds himself the centerpiece of a vintage Kaufman fantasy. Catherine Keener and Samantha Morton also star. Kaufman wrote and directed. Anthony Bregman was also a producer. An October release is planned. Sony Classics co-toppers Michael Barker and Tom Bernard said in a statement that they had avidly pursued the film since Kaufman described it to them over dinner two years ago.