Hungary Selects ‘Preparations to Be Together’ as Oscar Entry
Lili Horvát’s “Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time” has been selected as the official Hungarian entry for the international feature film category at the Academy Awards. Analogue and digital post production of the film shot on 35 mm was carried out at the Hungarian Filmlab.
The film had its world premiere as part of the 2020. Venice Days lineup, and premiered in North America at the Toronto Film Festival. It was awarded the Golden Hugo in the New Directors Competition at the Chicago Film Festival, Philadelphia Film Festival’s best narrative feature award, in Spain, Valladolid the Golden Spike and a Fipresci Prize at Warsaw, among others.
In Variety’s review, the film is described as “a slinky noir-inflected melodrama following a brilliant brain surgeon who fears her own brain may be tricking her into romantic delusion.”
It centers on Márta, a 40-year-old neurosurgeon who falls in love. She gives up her successful career in America, 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 Wednesday Child,” Horvát’s first feature, won the East of West Award at Karlovy Vary Film Festival in 2015. In 2016, Horvát co-founded the production company Poste Restante, which produced “Preparations…” with the support of Hungary’s National Film Institute. The DOP of both features was Róbert Maly, who also had photographed the Best Oscar Winning Live Action Short Film, “Sing”.