Fri, Jan 29 | Epsilon Spires Virtual Cinema

Preparations to Be Together For an Unknown Period of Time

Hungary's official submission to the 2021 Academy Awards is a cerebral, stylish and romantic noir mystery that evokes the films of Alfred Hitchcock while putting a subtle feminist spin on classic screen tropes.
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Preparations to Be Together For an Unknown Period of Time

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Jan 29, 12:00 AM EST – Feb 12, 11:59 PM EST
Epsilon Spires Virtual Cinema

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Preparations To Be Together For an Unknown Period of Time (Hungary, 2020). Written and Directed by Lili Horvát. In Hungarian; English subtitles. 95 min. Tickets are $9.99 for a 72 hour window for viewing.


Hungary's official submission to the 2021 Academy Awards is a haunting slow-burn psychodrama, superbly acted and quietly gripping. 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. 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. Trailer:

"Slippery, supple and sinuous, Hungarian director Lili Horvát’s deliciously reworked psychological noir is a spiral staircase, polished to a glossy shine, down which unreliable motivations, self-delusions and romantic obsessions tumble in gorgeous 35mm."- Variety

"This tale of obsession by Lili Horvát is so sensuous and richly detailed that you can hardly wait for the mystery to be explained."- The Wall Street Journal

"Horvat’s subversive portrait of obsession flips the femme fatale trope on its head by taking the enigmatic woman’s point of view."- Critic's Pick- New York Times

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