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Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

January 22 - January 28, 2021

Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

(Dir. Lili Horvát, 2020)







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From January 22-28, Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time will be available to stream via Acropolis Cinema and Greenwich Entertainment. Acropolis will receive 50% of all revenue.

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.

In her second feature, following The Wednesday Child (2015), writer-director Lili Horvát evokes Sylvia Plath’s haunting villanelle “Mad Girl’s Love Song.” Preparations to Be Together For an Unknown Period of Time 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)

One of the year's ten best films... Elusively layered, occasionally hilarious.

- Amy Taubin, Artforum

Slippery,  supple and sinuous, Horvát’s deliciously reworked psychological noir is  a spiral staircase, polished to a glossy shine.

- Jessica Kiang, Variety

Striking... a multi-layered rumination on love [and] fate... pitched somewhere between the worlds of Hitchcock and Kieslowski,

- Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

Haunting  and mysterious...a kind of amnesiac love story crossed with the  gloomiest of Krzysztof Kieślowski movies, and bordering on existential  science fiction.

- Ryan Lattanzio, Indiewire

Long  after my memories of this socially-distanced, WiFi-dependent TIFF have  evaporated, Horvat's exquisite enigmas will still be on my mind.

- Adam Nayman, The Ringer

(Available to download after screening date)

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