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Love Story sees filmmaker Florian Habicht finding a movie, a plot, and a beautiful Ukranian, on the streets of New York. The off-beat romance is part love letter to NYC, part the story of Florian and Masha, and possibly even part true: with the script to this genre-bending tryst being written before our eyes, thanks to story input from real-life New Yorkers. Love Story won Aotearoa awards for best film and director, and raves from the Herald’s Peter Calder, who noted festival audiences gasping at the "strange, surprising and wildly romantic ideas sprinkled through it".

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 Florian Habicht
 Peter O'Donoghue
 Maria Ines Manchego

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Just saw this at the London Film Festival. Simply brilliant. Can't say that it is totally original in concept as there are shades of Sasha Baron Cohen in the interweaving of real people with the film's evolving story and Diane Arbus on how wonderful characters at the fringes of society are brought in as an essential element of the film's vision, but the story, the director's personality, the uplifting drive of the entire project and the excellent shooting make the execution truly exceptional. A must see. This is a major talent. And this deserves a distributor !! EDM. London

 Susan Alldred-Lugton

Susan Alldred-Lugton

Love Story This is an opportunity to see another side of New York. The authentic and the eccentric with many words of wisdom coming from unlikely scources, the voices of ordinary New Yorkers. The film combines courage and naivity with extraordinary glimpses of intimacy as Florian, both the director and the star, becomes perhaps more involved than he had desired or expected. Wondered afterwards how the stockbroker felt if /when she saw the movie Love Story transported me to the real New York.


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2011 Aotearoa Film and Television Awards
Best Feature Film
Best Director - Feature Film: Florian Habicht
Best Editing - Feature Film: Peter O'Donoghue
Nominated for Best Cinematography