Variety is head over heels for Love Story!
‘The line between reality and fiction has rarely been so delightfully blurred’
‘Habicht emerges as the funniest and most lovable Kiwi to hit New York since Flight of the Conchords’
Florian Habicht’s romantic comedy, written on the streets of New York, has been a hit with audiences and critics alike around the world.
Love Story begins in New York when Florian meets a mysterious woman holding a piece of cake at a train station. Cutting to vox-pop interviews, Habicht asks complete strangers on the streets of New York what this could mean. With a resounding ‘cake means seduction’ coming from the people, Habicht relocates the woman (Masha Yakovenko, a Russian actress) and casts her opposite him in a unique take on the romantic comedy genre. The pair begins to act out a love story film, with the twist that each scene in the story is suggested by everyday people interviewed by Florian on the streets and cafes of New York.
Country of Origin: New Zealand
Language: English / Some German w/ English subtitles
Duration: 94 minutes
Director: Florian Habicht
Starring: Florian Habicht, Masha Yakovenko, Frank Habicht, the People of New York City
Australian release: December 6, 2012
VIC: Cinema Nova
NSW: Dendy Newtown, Hoyts Cinema Paris, Cinemax Kingscliff, Narooma Theatre
ACT: Dendy Canberra
SA: Palace Nova Eastend
WA: Luna Paradiso, Northbridge
TAS: MONA – Museum of Old & New Art
The world is falling in love with this film!
‘Marvellously original’ ‘Utterly enchanting’
‘Uproariously funny’ ‘The line between reality and fiction has rarely been so delightfully blurred’
‘Habicht emerges as the funniest and most lovable Kiwi to hit New York since Flight of the Conchords’ – Variety
FIVE STARS ‘Instant classic’ – Peter Calder, New Zealand Herald
‘The sweetest romance since Before Sunrise’ – Lauren Wissot, Filmmaker Magazine
‘It’s hard not to fall in love with the energy and humour on display.’ – Twitch
‘an absurdist rom-com, a flawless comic subversion; I’m not sure what Love Story is. Possibly genius.’ – Critic’
‘So effectively has Habicht mashed fact with fiction, reality with fantasy, that he has virtually erased the lines of traditional cinema.’ – Lumiere Reader
‘Even Woody Allen couldn’t have done it better in his best times’ – Kino-Zeit.de
‘The Punk version of Amélie’ – RIDM Montreal International Documentary Festival
New Zealand director Florian Habicht’s romantic comedy about the construction of a fictional love story merges snippets of narrative with actual interviews with everyday New Yorkers to create an original film in which the boundaries of art and life overlap.
Shot on the streets of New York, Love Story begins when Habicht finds a subject for his filmic experiment: the beautiful Masha, spotted at a subway station, carrying a slice of cake. Seeking advice from New Yorkers – strangers – on how to create his on-screen love story with Masha, he takes the notion of interactive storytelling to its logical end, crowdsourcing his plot on the streets. Romance blossoms artificially, and organically, between the director, actor, New York and New Yorkers.
An opening night film at the New Zealand Film Festival, Love Story will surprise and delight in its idiosyncratic style. - Melbourne International Film Festival 2012