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2020 Oscar® Selection, Hungary.

Thirty-nine-year-old Hungarian neurosurgeon Márta returns to Budapest after 20 years in the United States for a romantic rendezvous at the Liberty Bridge with János, a fellow doctor she met at a conference in New Jersey. Márta waits on the bridge in vain, but 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. This startling revelation throws Márta off completely and she's determined to get to the bottom of it. She takes a position at a local hospital where her exceptional talent threatens the egos of the veteran employees, and she's cast as an outsider for her lack of knowledge of the local culture. With graceful determination, she endures real and perceived slights while navigating the no man's land separating love from madness. In her second feature, writer/director Lili Horvát evokes Sylvia Plath's haunting villanelle, "Mad Girl's Love Song," and 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 with echoes of Krzysztof Kieślowski's THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VÉRONIQUE that reminds us while the heart is an abstruse trickster, the brain is our most complex organ. (Note adapted from the Toronto International Film Festival.) Winner, Gold Hugo, New Directors Competition, 2020 Chicago International Film Festival. Official Selection, 2020 AFI European Union Film Showcase, Venice, Toronto and Denver film festivals.

Courtesy of Greenwich Entertainment.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    95 minutes
  • Language
    English, Hungarian
  • Country
  • Rating
  • Note
    With English subtitles.
  • Director
    Lili Horvát
  • Screenwriter
    Lili Horvát
  • Producer
    Lili Horvát, Dóra Csernátony, Péter Miskolczi
  • Cast
    Natasa Stork, Viktor Bodó, Benett Vilmányi