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Hungarian Film to Compete at Venice Film Festival

Fanni Kaszás 2020.07.26.

Hungarian director Lili Horvát’s second feature film, Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (Felkészülés egy meghatározatlan ideig tartó együttlétre), was selected for the Venice Film Festival’s Venice Days competition.

Lili Horvát’s film will be the first Hungarian film in the history of the Venice Days program, a collection of experimental, bold films, where directors such as Denis Villeneuve with Incendies or Jan Komasa with Corpus Christi were able to introduce themselves to the world. The Venice Film Festival will be the first major international cultural event to be held since the first wave of the coronavirus started and will be held September 2nd and 12th of this year.

The film’s main character, Márta, a 40-year-old neurosurgeon, falls in love. She leaves her shining American career behind and returns to Budapest to start a new life with the man she loves. But she waits for him at the Liberty Bridge in vain – he does not appear for their rendezvous. Márta starts to search for him desperately, but when she finally finds him, the love of her life claims that they have never met before.

Gaia Furrer, artistic director at Venice Days, explained the decision to select the film for the competition because “Martha’s mysterious and hypnotic inner journey captivated us. Lili Horvát depicts the female psyche and its secrets in a very sophisticated and emotional way.”

Horvát addressed the Film Festival about the film that to her, the film 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.” The film deals with questions concerning the extent to which we construct love stories, our desired realities, and where it meets with the reality and how different the perception of love  can be for two people. According to Horvát, the film “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.”

The film is Lili Horváth’s second feature film and will be shown in the Hungarian cinemas on September 24th, shortly after the premiere in Venice.

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