Sharmill Films acquires Love Story - A romance written on the streets of New York — 05.09.12

Sharmill Films has announced their acquisition of Florian Habicht's 'Love Story'.

Sharmill Films is delighted to announce their new acquisition, Love Story , by New Zealand filmmaker Florian Habicht, which recently screened to sell out crowds at the Melbourne International Film Festival.  Love Story will be released by Sharmill Films in selected cinemas on December 6, 2012. Florian Habicht will visit Australia for a publicity tour in November.

Florian Habicht's romantic comedy, written on the streets of New York, has been a hit with audiences and critics alike around the world. Variety describes Love Story as ‘marvellously original', ‘utterly enchanting and uproariously funny' and calls Florian Habicht ‘the funniest and most lovable Kiwi to hit New York since Flight of the Conchords'.

The film also received 5 stars from Peter Calder in the New Zealand Herald, hailing it an ‘instant classic'.

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.

Natalie Miller OAM, Director of Sharmill Films, is very proud to be supporting Florian Habicht, a filmmaker of striking originality and talent.

‘We believe that Love Story delivers not only an hilarious take on the romantic comedy and a fresh look at the city of New York, but also a unique experience for film lovers everywhere. We are very excited to be working with Florian on bringing Love Story to Australian cinemas in December.

‘I'm thrilled that Love Story has just been picked up by the fantastic Sharmill Films, and that they are so enthusiastic about its release!' says Florian Habicht.

He adds, ‘In the actual movie, a real life psychic predicts the film's success in two years - and she was pretty much correct on the day!'

Florian Habicht will visit Australia for a publicity tour in November to promote the December 6 release of Love Story.



Florian Habicht was a recipient of the Harriet Friedlander New York Residency presented by the Arts Foundation.