Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time
Director: Lili Horvát
Hungary / 2020 / 95 min
In Hungarian with English subtitles
Followed by a Q&A with Horvát, moderated by
Last streamed on Sat, Jan 30
Márta, a 40-year-old neurosurgeon, falls in love. She leaves her shining career behind after 20 years in the United States and returns to Budapest to start a new life with the man she loves. But she waits for him at the Liberty Bridge in vain—he does not appear at their rendezvous. Márta starts to search for him desperately, but when she finally finds him, the love of her life claims that they have never met before. The noirish second feature by Lili Horvát, who cites her inspirations for Márta (Natasa Stork in her first leading role) as “the obsessed female characters” like Kleist’s Käthchen von Heilbronn, Vertigo’s Madeleine, Truffaut’s Adèle H., and the women in Kieślowski’s films, is Hungary’s entry for this year’s Academy Awards. A prizewinner at multiple festivals, including Chicago, Philadelphia, and Warsaw, the film was also just announced as a nominee for Best International Film at the Independent Spirit Awards. A Greenwich Entertainment release.