In the strange concrete jungle of Manhattan, where romantic Darwinism dictates that the beautiful people attract their own kind, what happens when an Adonis pairs up with a dowdy loser? Hal Salwen's comedy Duane Incarnate probes that question. Gwen, Connie, and Fran are three women living in New York with good careers and, even better, good bordering on near-perfect relationships. And then there is Wanda, the black sheep of the group -- unemployed, unattached, unstylish, and pretty much un-fun. But one day at their favorite watering hole, Wanda divulges that she is in love with the perfect man, Duane. The others immediately wonder if Duane really exists. Tired of the constant nagging, Wanda agrees to have Duane meet her friends -- and their jaws hit the floor when they see the perfect man with their own eyes. He's not just sexy, either. He likes to give rather than receive in bed, is a terrific dancer, is sensitive, and has a good job. Suddenly his perfect existence calls into question the catty friends' near-perfect lives. This smart comedy features an ensemble cast of women who light up the screen, bolstering Salwen's sharp writing and magical realist story to another level.
Hal Salwen wrote and directed the critically acclaimed Denise Calls Up (1995), which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, winning a prestigious Mention spéciale Caméra d'or competition. The film won other numerous prizes, including the Prix du Jury Spécial at the Deauville Film Festival, Best Young Film at the Valladolid International Film Festival in Spain, and both the Audience Jury and Critics' Awards at Fantasporto -- the Festival Internacional de Cinema do Porto. His second feature, His & Hers (1997), premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and that same year, Daily Variety named Salwen one of "The Top 10 Filmmakers To Watch." His other writing credits include Showtime's Deadly Surveillance (1991) and Probable Cause (1994), as well as uncredited work (alongside Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter, Daniel Petrie Jr.) on Eddie (1996). Recently, Salwen has been developing Mars Needs Women, for HBO and producer Debra Hill, and the follow-up to Denise Calls Back.