Magazine article Screen International

Miranda July

Magazine article Screen International

Miranda July

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US director Miranda July, on the pressures of making her second feature, being in competition in Berlin and talking cats.

Your first film, Me And You And Everyone We Know was heaped with critical acclaim. Did you feel a lot of pressure with the second one?

After the first movie, I really didn't want to jump into writing another screenplay. I did feel a bit of pressure, because everyone tells you the second one is the hard one. But then after a while you just have to stop worrying about it and do it.

The Future is about a couple who are faced with the responsibility of looking after a terminally ill cat. Where did the idea come from?

I wrote a performance called Things We Don't Understand And Definitely Are Not Going To Talk About, aboutan affair, which had a talking cat in it and someone who stopped time, which I thought were just really interesting ideas. The script kind of evolved from that.

Did you go for a similar style of film-making the second time around?

It's similar in that it has humour... and I'm in it. But actually, I've found that people who have read my book of short stories say this is more similar to that -- because the book has some darker and more surreal elements to it. …

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