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Best International Film nominee, Independent Spirit Award

Hungary's official submission for Best International Film to the Academy Awards


A 40-year-old neurosurgeon leaves her prestigious job in America to follow the man she loves back to their home city of Budapest. When she gets there, the man claims they’ve never met.


"This tale of obsession by Lili Horvát is so sensuous and richly detailed that you can hardly wait for the mystery to be explained." — Wall Street Journal


Márta is a celebrated neurosurgeon with a sophisticated demeanor and piercing blue eyes. Having long since left her home in Hungary for a reputable position in America, she is surprised when she meets fellow doctor János and learns he is also from Budapest. Falling madly in love with him, Márta packs up her life and returns to Budapest, ready to start anew with János. But when Márta finally finds him, he insists they have never met. Incredulous, Márta is forced to wonder if she has fabricated their entire love affair. From there, she sets off on a sinuous and unexpected journey as she watches János, attempting to get close to him, all the while struggling to piece together what is actually real.


Gorgeously filmed on 35mm, Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time is a sharp, psychological noir drama from director Lili Horvát that will keep you guessing right up until the credits roll.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    95 minutes
  • Language
    Hungarian, English
  • Country
    Hungary
  • Director
    Lili Horvát
  • Screenwriter
    Lili Horvát
  • Cast
    Natasa Stork, Viktor Bodó, Benett Vilmányi, Zsolt Nagy, Péter Tóth, Andor Lukáts, Attila Mokos
  • Cinematographer
    Róbert Maly
  • Editor
    Károly Szalai