Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time


Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

Lili HorvátHungary – 2020

40-year-old Márta has found the love of her life. She met the mysterious János at a medical congress in New Jersey and arranged to meet him again in Budapest. Never before has she felt such strong feelings for someone. After almost 20 years, she now returns to her homeland in Hungary, leaving her brilliant career as a neurosurgeon and her previous life in the USA behind with the hope of a new, more fulfilling existence. As agreed with János, Márta waits on the Freedom Bridge – in vain. Irritated and disappointed, she sets off in search of the man of her dreams, but when she finds him, he claims to have never seen her before. At a blow, her new life shatters from one moment to the next, and Márta ends up traversing a fine line between love and madness. Packed with feeling and devotion, director Lili Horvát’s virtuosic imagery plunges us deep into the mystery of love and raises the question of what love actually is.

I should have loved a thunderbird instead;
At least when spring comes they roar back again.
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)
Sylvia Plath Mad Girl's Love Song.


Statements by Lili Horvát Venice (english)

Interview with Lili Horvát Toronto (english)

Original Title Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time
German Title Vorbereitungen, um für eine unbestimmte Zeit zusammen zu sein
French Title Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time
Other Titles Felkészülés meghatározatlan ideig tartó együttlétre
Directed by Lili Horvát
Country Hungary
Available Formats Blu-ray
Screenplay Lili Horvát
Film Editing Károly Szalai
Soundtrack Gábor Keresztes
Cinematography Róbert Maly
Sound Rudolf Várhegyi
Décors Sandra Sztevanovity, Anna Nyitrai
Costumes Juli Szlávik
Production Poste Restante - Lili Horvát
Runtime 95 Min.
Language Ungarisch
Viktor Bodó Drexler János
Natasa Stork Vizy Márta
Benett Vilmányi Alex
Zsolt Nagy Kriván Barna
Péter Tóth Pszichiáter
Andor Lukáts Dr. Fried
Attila Mokos Dr. Elkán
Linda Moshier Helen
Júlia Ladányi Fanni
Réka Pelsöczy Ingatlanközvetítö

Venezia, Mostra del Cinema 2020: Giornate degli Autori

Chicago International Film Festival 2020:
Golden Hugo New Directors Competition

Filmfestival Warschau 2020:

Academy Awards 2021:
Ungarns Nomination als Bester Internationaler Film

Berlinale 2021:
Natasa Stork als European Shooting Star ausgezeichnet.

Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid: Espiga de Oro (Best film), Pilar Miró Award (Best Newcomer director Lili Horvát) & Beste Darstellerin Natasa Stork

«Eine kristalline Geschichte über Erinnerung, Liebe und Hirnchirurgie.» The Guardian

«Gerissen, sanft und verwickelt ist dieser köstliche psychologische Film Noir.» Variety

«Très finement mise en images et à une belle maîtrise des nombreux petits détails suggestifs qui composent un puzzle passionnant.» Cineuropa

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