Jon Brion scoring Miranda July’s THE FUTURE; official synopsis released

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
December 13th, 2010

Just literally hours after we learned that the film was set to head to Park City, Utah for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, we now know who will be scoring Miranda July’s upcoming film, THE FUTURE, and just what to expect from this hotly anticipated film.

First, according to distributor Match Factory (via The Playlist), Jon Brion, best known for scores for films like ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND and PUNCH DRUNK LOVE, is set to compose the music for the film.  Nikolai von Graevenitz has also been confirmed as the film’s D.P., and rounding out the news surrounding this film, the distributor has released the film’s official synopsis, which you can read after the break.

"Sophie and Jason are a thirty something couple who have hit a bit of a brick wall in their lives. They live by themselves in a one-bedroom apartment and spend a vast amount of time online. They make a decision to adopt a terminally ill cat named Paw Paw. Like a newborn baby, he’ll need around-the-clock care. Despite their good intentions, Sophie and Jason are terrified of the responsibility and the looming loss of freedom, so with just one month left, before they are due to collect the cat, they decide to quit their jobs to pursue their dreams. Sophie wants to make a dance, and Jason wants to throw his life open to the profound excitement of chance—on a whim he volunteers to be a door-to-door canvasser. As the month slips by, Sophie becomes increasingly immobilised, unable to make even the slightest progress with her dance, and in a moment of desperation, she begins an affair with someone she barely knows, Marshall – a tough, square, fifty-year old man she met briefly at the animal shelter. Using elements of magical realism – a talking cat who narrates his own sad tale, a living tee-shirt, and strangely familiar Moon – the film bravely creates its own particular universe. With pathos and humor, it invites us to share the bitter sweetness of this moment in the lives of this young couple."

A talking cat, “living tee-shirt” and its “own particular universe?” All in a Miranda July film? Yeah, you can count me more than excited.

I said this in the first report surrounding this film, and I’ll say it again, I firmly believe that Miranda July is among today’s most interesting artists, and one whose voice is unlike any other we have currently working. This film sounds like an amazing little film, and one that I hope we all get to see sometime relatively soon.

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