This part of the street feels like somewhere in France or Germany. There is stunning contemporary architecture, public art, lovely sidewalks and street intersections, and a proliferation of boutique stores selling furniture and all sorts of beautiful things from Europe. Most importantly, there is also the Moonstruck Diner – last seen in the romantic comedy, Moonstruck.
It’s the perfect setting for our French-German arthouse collaboration, Auf France, where we see two young expatriates – he’s from Berlin and she’s from Paris – randomly wandering the streets of New York, searching for love and for meaning. They live next door to each other in the same building. However, they have their own social circles, and they literally go the opposite direction each morning to work. And so while their paths cross somewhat – they say hi to each other occasionally in the elevator – their lives do not.
It’s only when an unexpected event takes place – an embarrassing parcel gets sent to the wrong address – that they finally meet and see each other for the first time. Love blossoms, awkwardly but quickly. What was two separate movies and lives, becomes one.