Lovers of Hate
Bryan Poyser 2010
Narrative Feature

Saturday Jun 19, 2010
$10 at the door or online
VENUE
The roof of New Design High School (formerly Open Road)
Lower East Side
350 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002
F, J, M, Z to Delancey Street-Essex Street; B, D, Q to Grand Street

SHOW
8:00Doors Open
8:30Live music by North Highlands
9:00Film Begins
11:30After-party: Open Bar at Fontana's (105 Eldridge St.) Courtesy of Radeberger Pilsner
In case of rain, the screening will be held indoors at the same location.

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Lovers of Hate (Bryan Poyser | Austin, TX | 93 min.)

Read an interview with the director on the Rooftop blog!

Sibling rivalry can be alternately tragic and funny, but in Bryan Poyser's Lovers of Hate, it's both. The Austin-based director's savage comedy centers on floundering writer Rudy (Chris Doubek, co-star of the 2010 Rooftop Films entry The Happy Poet) and his successful brother Paul (Alex Karpovsky, co-star of the 2010 Rooftop Films entry Tiny Furniture), a children's book author who stole all of Rudy's ideas. Jobless and living out of his car, Rudy convinces his crestfallen ex-girlfriend Diana (Heather Kafka) to pretend they're still together when Paul passes through town on a business trip. Nevertheless, Paul figures out the trick and confronts his brother about his troubles, although there's more to their relationship than meets the eye.

On a whim, Rudy travels out to Park City in the hopes of surprising Paul at his spacious vacation condo. But when his brother comes home with an affectionate embrace with a certain woman from Rudy's recent past, he decides to keep his presence in the house a mystery. What follows is an ingenious filmmaking conceit: Rudy hides in the shadows, spying on Paul and Diana as they engage in a secret liaison and revel in candid pillow talk. Poyser repeatedly shifts perspective among his three characters, combining suspense with slapstick comedy and keeping us guessing whether Paul and Diana will notice their unexpected visitor. Over time, however, Rudy begins to confront the possibility that he has managed to remain invisible for so long because he always has been.

Predominantly shot on location in Park City, Lovers of Hate appropriately premiered in dramatic competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, where it was met with widespread critical acclaim. It followed up that premiere with an equally positive homecoming celebration at the South by Southwest Film Festival. Poyser, whose directorial debut Dear Pillow gained similar acclaim following its Slamdance Film Festival premiere in 2006, wins over audiences with his delectable blend of believable characters, comically awkward scenarios, and frank sexual dialogue. The bulk of the movie's appeal comes from the explosive onscreen chemistry of Doubek and Karpovsky, himself a writer-director whose features The Hole Story and Woodpecker screened at Rooftop Films in previous years. An IFC Films release, this special sneak preview gives you a first glimpse of Lovers of Hate before it hits theaters.

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- Eric Kohn


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