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Saturday, 23 October12:45PM 2:45PM 6:45PM
Luna Palace Cinemas and Pivot Pictures are excited to announce the highly anticipated multi-award-winning psychological thriller Preparations To Be Together For An Unknown Period Of Time.
Márta Vizy (Natasa Stork) is a 39-year-old Hungarian neurosurgeon. After 20 years in the United States, she returns to Budapest for a romantic rendezvous at the Liberty Bridge with János (Viktor Bodó), a fellow doctor she met at a conference in New Jersey. Márta waits in vain, while 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.
It’s unclear whether Márta’s wits are clouded by love or if other neurological factors are at play. Determined to solve the enigma, she takes a position at a hospital where she is treated as an outsider and must endure real and perceived slights, while also navigating a no man’s land separating love from madness. Like Madeleine in Hitchcock’s Vertigo, Adèle H. in Truffaut’s The Story of Adèle H., or the women of Kieślowski’s Three Colours trilogy, Márta is a strong yet vulnerable force who anchors herself in her feelings when faced with uncertainty.
For her second feature, following 2015’s The Wednesday Child, writer-director Lili Horvát spins a delicate web of contrasts and silent explosions that shift the viewer’s understanding. Shot with impeccable symmetry it is an Orphic tale reminding us that, while the heart is an abstruse trickster, the human brain — ruling us with over 80 billion interconnected neurons — is our most complex organ.
★★★★ “I’d strongly suggest that you place it on your own viewing shortlist... a treat – sinewy, seductive and beautifully strange” The Guardian
"Slick, strange and intriguing... a smart and stylish work...Natasa Stork's performance is often spellbinding" Weekend Notes
"Haunting and mysterious" Indiewire
"Superb. A delicious psychological noir. Intoxicating." Variety
“A noirish psychodrama simmering with ambiguities, the film cleverly toys with our perception by loosening our heroine’s grip on reality.” New York Times
“This haunting slow-burn psychodrama is superbly acted and quietly gripping” The Hollywood Reporter