Love Story

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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.

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.

‘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
‘ absurdist rom-com, a flawless comic subversion; I’m not sure what Love Story is. Possibly genius.’ – Critic
‘The Punk version of Amélie’ – RIDM Montreal International Documentary Festival

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.