by Miranda July
Sophie and Jason are strange the way all couples are strange when they're alone. They live in a small LA apartment, have jobs they hate, and in one month they'll adopt a stray cat named Paw Paw. Like a newborn baby, he'll need around-the-clock care - he may die in six months, or it may take five years. Despite their good intentions, Sophie and Jason are terrified of their looming loss of freedom. So with just one month left, they quit their jobs, and the internet, to pursue their dreams - Sophie wants to create a dance, Jason wants simply to be guided by fate. But as the month slips away, Sophie becomes increasingly, humiliatingly paralyzed. In a moment of desperation, she calls a stranger, Marshall - a square, fifty-year-old man who lives in the Valley. In his suburban world she doesn't have to be herself; as long she stays there, she'll never have to try (and fail) again. Living in two terrifyingly vacant and different realities, Sophie and Jason must reunite with time, space and their own souls in order to come home.
Miranda July is a filmmaker, artist, and writer. Her videos, performances, and web-based projects have been presented at sites such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum and in two Whitney Biennials. July wrote, directed and starred in her first feature-length film, ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW (2005), which won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and four prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, including the Camera d'Or. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper's, and The New Yorker; her collection of stories, "No One Belongs Here More Than You' (Scribner, 2007), won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and has been published in twenty countries. July created the participatory website, "learningtoloveyoumore', with artist Harrell Fletcher and a companion book was published in 2007 (Prestel); the work is now in collection of The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. 'Eleven Heavy Things', an interactive sculpture garden she designed for the 2009 Venice Biennale, was on view in Union Square in New York in the summer of 2010. Raised in Berkeley, California, she currently lives in Los Angeles. Her new movie, THE FUTURE, premieres this year at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals.
Miranda July (as Sophie)
Hamish Linklater (as Jason)
David Warshofsky (as Marshall)
Writer & Director: Miranda July
Cinematographer: Nikolai von Graevenitz
Production Designer: Elliott Hostetter
Costume Designer: Christie Wittenborn
Editor: Andrew Bird
Composer: Jon Brion
Music Supervisor: Margaret Yen
Make Up: Sabine Schumann
Sound: Patrick Veigel
Producers: Gina Kwon (USA), Gerhard Meixner & Roman Paul, Razor Film (Germany) in co-operation with Film4
Co-Producer: Chris Stinson
A Production of RAZOR FILM, GNK PRODUCTIONS and FILM4 in association with THE MATCH FACTORY and HAUT ET COURT with the support of MEDIENBOARD BERLIN-BRANDENBURG and FILMFÖRDERUNGSANSTALT
Format: 35mm / 1:1.85 / Colour / Dolby Digital
Length: 91 Min.
Original language: English
Original title: The Future