I thought a lot about Nora Ephron when I was making my first film, Romantic Comedy. I thought about how, if the genre was held in the same esteem as thrillers or dark dramas, Ephron—who wrote and produced When Harry Met Sally, and wrote and directed You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle and Bewitched—would be considered a titan, as lauded as Scorsese or Kubrick. But as rom-coms are often dismissed or even derided—too fluffy, too feminine—those who make them are This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Four Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 49 Karin Mamma Andersson Inside the moody, mysterious world of Sweden’s preeminent painter. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Jenny Odell The acclaimed author in search of lost time. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Amalie Smith The Danish arts writer finding clarity between the lines. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Ryan Heffington Meet the man bringing choreography, community and queer joy to the desert. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Nell Wulfhart Advice from a decision coach. Arts & Culture Fashion Issue 49 A World of Difference A fun lesson in cultural faux pas.