Museum Films is partnering with Greenwich Entertainment to deliver the best of new world cinema straight to your living room and help you get a head start on awards season! We’re pleased to share Hungary’s official submission for the 2021 Best International Feature Oscar, Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time, an elegant Hitchcockian mystery about a lovesick neurosurgeon.
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“Márta Vizy (Natasa Stork) is a 39-year-old Hungarian neurosurgeon. After 20 years in the United States, she returns to Budapest for a romantic rendezvous at the Liberty Bridge with János (Viktor Bodó), a fellow doctor she met at a conference in New Jersey. Márta waits in vain, while the love of her life is nowhere to be seen. When she finally tracks him down, the bewildered man claims the two have never met.
It’s unclear whether Márta’s wits are clouded by love or if other neurological factors are at play. Determined to solve the enigma, she takes a position at a hospital where she is treated as an outsider and must endure real and perceived slights, while also navigating a no man’s land separating love from madness. Like Madeleine in Hitchcock’s Vertigo, Adèle H. in Truffaut’s The Story of Adèle H., or the women of Kieślowski’s Three Colours trilogy, Márta is a strong yet vulnerable force who anchors herself in her feelings when faced with uncertainty.
In her second feature, writer-director Lili Horvát spins a delicate web of contrasts and silent explosions that shift the viewer’s understanding. Shot with impeccable symmetry on entrancing 35mm, it is an Orphic tale reminding us that, while the heart is an abstruse trickster, the human brain — ruling us with over 80 billion interconnected neurons — is our most complex organ. ” -TIFF
Director Lili Horvát | 2020 | In English and Hungarian with English Subtitles | 95 minutes | NR (Content advisories: scenes of surgery, nudity, simulated sexual content)