Almost in Love

Almost in Love

Alan Cumming and Leslie Lewis Sword as seen in ALMOST IN LOVE, a film by Sam Neave. Picture courtesy Argot Pictures. All rights reserved.

Almost in Love

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Almost in Love (2011/2013)

Opened: 02/15/2013 Limited

reRun Theater02/15/2013 - 02/21/20137 days
Downtown Ind.03/01/2013 - 03/10/201310 days

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Genre: Romantic Comedy

Rated: Unrated

a love story in two takes

A love story shot in two continuous, 40 minute takes, set eighteen months apart: the first over a sunset, the second over a sunrise.


The story of a love triangle in two uninterrupted halves, Almost in Love mixes a naturalistic style with an ambitious form to create a unique experience. A film that deals with loyalty, friendship and love - and whether a perfect moment can save us from ourselves.

It may seem perverse for a man who makes his living as an editor to try to make a film essentially without edits but Almost in Love is my attempt to combine the natural intimacy and improvisatory style that I love with a more rigorous formal aesthetic. I wanted to see if we could perform this technical sleight-of-hand without sacrificing the emphasis on performance.

Using the audio to pull our focus from one conversation to another, one moment to the next, the film is a blend of performance and technique. Until very recently of course, long takes (anything over about 10 minutes) were a technical impossibility and while the digital revolution has allowed for longer takes, even in the era of HD I hadn't seen a film that attempted to marry the bravura element of style with the intimacy of a character-driven drama. The challenge of Almost in Love is to present two continuous takes -- two single breaths -- in which lives are transformed and characters altered in real time.

Selected Reviews

"Daring... The terrific new two-shot high wire act... is a surprisingly rich meditation on friendship, the difficulty of settling down and the importance of being earnest. Its formal ingenuity and winning cast make it a picture to watch out for." -- Brandon Harris, Filmmaker Magazine

"Oddly affecting and well worth a look. Daniel McKeown's lush cinematography adapts to suit the elements, structure and performers and helps bring out the best in all departments... The real find is Marjan Neshat who radiates easy warmth and sexuality." -- Mark Adams,, ScreenDaily

"Smartly written... offers an enthusiastic burst of American indie neuroses that conceals deft, near seamless camerawork." -- Genevieve Yue, Reverse Shot

Cast Biographies

Alex Karpovsky (Sasha)

Alex studied visual ethnography at Oxford University before wasting the next few years of his life trying to become the next Andy Kaufman. He now acts and makes movies. Alex's award-winning debut feature, THE HOLE STORY, earned him a slot in Filmmaker Magazine's 25 new faces of independent film and a plastic key to a small city in Northern Minnesota. His subsequent feature-length films inlcude WOODPECKER (SXSW 2008), TRUST US, THIS IS ALL MADE UP (SXSW 2009), RUBBERNECK (Tribeca Film Festival 2012) and RED FLAG (Los Angeles Film Festival 2012). The latter two features will be released as a double-bill by Tribeca Films.

As an actor, Alex currently plays the role of Ray Ploshansky in the HBO comedy series GIRLS, and has had leading roles in feature-length films that have shown at the Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Los Angeles, Tribeca and SXSW film festivals. Later this year, Alex will appear as Marty Green in the upcoming Coen Brothers film, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS.

Marjan Neshat (Mia)

This is Marjan's third collaboration with Sam Neave since appearing in Cry Funny Happy and First Person Singular. Other film and television credits include: Sex in the City 2, A Season of Madness, Alfie, 508 Nelson, A Jersey Tale and Coney Island Baby; multiple roles on Law & Order, Rescue Me, Six Degrees, Mercy and Fringe. She recently completed shooting a lead in the ABC Pilot, Funny in Farsi, directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. Her recent stage work includes: A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Seagull (Off-Broadway with Alan Cumming and Dianne Wiest), Girl Blog from Iraq (Best Ensemble nomination Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Sexual Perversity in Chicago and The Tempest.

Gary Wilmes (Kyle)

Gary Wilmes is a New York based actor. Films include: A Mighty Heart, I Hate Valentine's Day, Birds Of America, Afterschool and Salt. Television credits include: Mercy, Nurse Jackie, and Numb3rs. He's worked with theatrical artists that include Steppenwolf, Richard Maxwell, Richard Foreman, and The Wooster Group, as well as Elevator Repair Service's Gatz. He won an OBIE for his performance in Adam Rapp's Red Light Winter.

Alan Cumming (Hayden)

Alan Cumming's eclectic career has spanned roles in commercial film franchises like Spy Kids, X Men and the Smurfs, to independent movies like The Anniversary Party (which he co-wrote, produced, directed and starred in with Jennifer Jason Leigh), Ali Selim's Sweet Land (for which he won an Independent Spirit award as producer) and most recently Travis Fine's Any Day Now (for which he received huge acclaim and a slew of Best Actor awards at film festivals round the country). He has also worked with Stanley Kubrick, The Spice Girls and appeared in modern classics such as Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Goldeneye and Julie Taymor's Titus.

On stage he won a Tony and every other available award for his Broadway debut in Cabaret, and has also played Romeo, Hamlet and Macbeth (in fact ALL the parts in Macbeth) to huge critical acclaim.

He has also exhibited his photography, Alan Cumming Snaps!; written a novel, Tommy's Tale, with a memoir soon to be released; performed in concert at venues around the world including the Sydney Opera House and released an album, I Bought A Blue Car Today.

He currently appears in the CBS drama The Good Wife.

Adam Rapp (Lee)

Adam Rapp is a creator of all trades. He's made a name for himself writing books for kids (such as Missing the Piano and The Buffalo Tree), he's written a novel for adults (The Year of Endless Sorrows), he's written and directed for TV (The L Word and In Treatment) and film (his debut feature, Winter Passing, starred Will Ferrell, Ed Harris and Zooey Deschanel); he's written more than a dozen plays (including Members Only, Kindness, and The Metal Children), and he's played in a couple different bands.

Katherine Waterston (Lulu)

Katherine made her film debut in Bryce Dallas Howard's short film Orchids (2006), starring opposite Alfred Molina. She next appeared in a small role in Michael Clayton. She made her first starring role in the independent dark comedy The Babysitters, playing an industrious babysitter turned Madame. Waterston can also be seen in Good Dick, The Factory and Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock.

About the Crew

Sam Neave (Writer/Director)

Sam Neave is Iranian by birth, grew up in Britain and a New Yorker by choice.

Sam's first feature, Cry Funny Happy, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. He followed this up with First Person Singular which played in festivals around the world including Morocco and South Africa.

As an editor he has worked on many award-winning features including Alex Karpovsky's The Hole Story and Ferenc Toth's Unknown Soldier (for which he shared the Best Editor Award at the Woodstock Film Festival).

He has also been a long-time collaborator of the renowned Iranian visual artist, Shirin Neshat, and helped to edit her first feature, Women Without Men, which won the Silver Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival.

Douglas Glickman (Producer)

D.L. Glickman, a native of NYC, has been working in Television, Video and Film since 2000. A former researcher at NBC News and ESPN, he started producing with the documentary, Mullet Men (2002). The award-winning comedy Skiptracers (2009) was his first narrative feature. Along with Almost in Love, D. L. is currently a producer for On the Ice, a film shot entirely in Barrow, Alaska -- 350 miles above the Arctic Circle. His production company, Falling Rock Zone Productions, is based in Brooklyn.

Daniel McKeown (Cinematographer)

Daniel McKeown has over ten years of experience in filmmaking and has served as the director of photography on features, documentaries, music videos and television programs. Originally from Pennsylvania, Daniel started making films in high school. In 1998 he moved to New York where he attended the School of Visual Arts. Daniel has shot Sam's features Cry Funny Happy and First Person Singular and also his short film, withdrawal.

Michaela McKee (Producer)

In 2008 Michaela produced the feature documentaries Unspooled, and The Meaning of Tea. She has worked on a number of films including Pete Seeger: The Power of Song, Undone, Achchamundu! Achchamundu!, Magic Valley, and the upcoming feature documentary and four part tv series Harry Belafonte: Get them to Sing Your Song. Michaela has also produced many award winning short films, music videos and commercials. In addition to Almost in Love she is currently in production on a new documentary about a Vermont Certified Organic farm and has several other projects in development. Michaela graduated with honors from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a B.F.A. from the Film and Television Department.