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Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time
Directed by Lili Horvát • 2020 • Hungary
Starring Natasa Stork, Viktor Bodó, Benett Vilmányi
The second feature by Hungarian director Lili Horvát is a slippery, seductive investigation of memory, obsession, and delusion. After twenty years in the United States, Hungarian neurosurgeon Márta (Natasa Stork) returns to Budapest for a romantic rendezvous with János (Viktor Bodó), a fellow doctor she met at a conference. The only problem: when she arrives, János is nowhere to be seen and, when she at last tracks him down, claims the two have never met. What ensues is a tantalizing psychological puzzle that toys brilliantly with the conventions of film noir and with the viewer’s own sense of reality.