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FUTURE, THE

FUTURE, THE
Scene from THE FUTURE (photo © 2011 Todd Cole)

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, 50-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 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 (2007), won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and has been published in 20 countries. She created the participatory website, "learningtoloveyoumore" with artist Harrell Fletcher and a companion book was published in 2007. 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 premiered this year at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2011
Director Miranda July
Screenplay Miranda July
Cinematography Nikolai von Graevenitz
Andrew Bird
Jon Brion
Elliott Hostetter
Cast David Warshofsky, Miranda July, Hamish Linklater
Producers Gina Kwon, Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul
Co-Producer Chris Stinson
Production Companies Razor Film Produktion/Berlin, GNK Productions/Los Angeles, in co-production with Film4/London, in cooperation with Haut et Court/Paris, The Match Factory
Length 91 min
Format 35 mm, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Sundance 2011, Berlin 2011 (In Competition), San Francisco 2011, Sydney 2011, Los Angeles 2011, Melbourne 2011, Ghent 2011, Sao Paulo 2011 (New Directors Competition), Vienna 2011 (International Competition), Stockholm 2011, Sofia 2012, CPH:PIX 2012, Durban 2013
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board

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