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PRODUCTION / FUNDING Hungary

Venice and Toronto to welcome Preparations To Be Together For An Unknown Period of Time

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- Lili Horvát’s second feature film will enjoy its world premiere on the Lido, within the Giornate degli Autori section, before screening in Canada within the Contemporary World Cinema line-up

Venice and Toronto to welcome Preparations To Be Together For An Unknown Period of Time
Natasa Stork in Preparations To Be Together For An Unknown Period of Time

Revealed by way of The Wednesday Child [+see also:
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interview: Lili Horvát |
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(champion of Karlovy Vary’s competitive East of the West section in 2015, having also scooped awards at Cottbus and Trieste, among other events), the young Hungarian director Lili Horvát will find herself under the spotlights at the 77th Venice Film Festival (running 2 – 12 September) with her second feature film Preparations To Be Together For An Unknown Period of Time [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Lili Horvat
film profile
]
, which will enjoy its world premiere at the 17th Giornate degli Autori event. And the film will be doubling up on festivals in ideal fashion, subsequently showcasing in the 45th Toronto Film Festival within the Contemporary World Cinema section.

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Standing tall in the cast are Natasa Stork (well received in Heavenly Shift [+see also:
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, and noticed in White God [+see also:
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interview: Kornél Mundruczó
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and Jupiter’s Moon [+see also:
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interview: Kornél Mundruczó
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), Viktor Bodó (Overnight [+see also:
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) and Benet Vilmányi. Written by Lili Horvát herself, the story centres around Márta, a 40-year-old neurosurgeon who falls in love. She abandons her brilliant career in the US and returns home to Budapest to start a new life with the man she loves. But she finds herself waiting in vain on the Liberty Bridge when he doesn’t turn up for their rendezvous. Márta sets out on a desperate search for him, but when she finds him the love of her life acts as if they’ve never met.

In the words of the director, "Preparations... is primarily a personal story about the role of projection in love. Our film plays out in the unsettlingly murky no-man's-land that separates love from madness. To what extent do we construct love stories within ourselves? How far does our desired reality go, and where does it meet actual reality? How differently can two people experience the same love? Preparations... shows the inner journey of a strong, determined and yet fragile woman: a neurosurgeon who has achieved everything in her career, yet something fundamental is deeply missing from her life."

Produced by Dóra Csernátony and Lili Horvát for Poste Restante, and by Péter MiskolcziPreparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time enjoys the support of the National Film Institute Hungary. Cinematography comes courtesy of Róbert Maly while the music for the movie was composed by Gábor Keresztes. Mozinet will release the film in Hungarian cinemas on 24 September, with international sales in the hands of NFI World Sales.

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