“It was an unbelievable journey into the depths of a soul being in love” – Natasa Stork said after she got the best actress award of 2020 in Turkey at the 57th International Antalya Film Festival.
According to hvg.hu, Ms Stork won the award for her role in a Hungarian movie titled Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (in Hungarian: Felkészülés meghatározatlan ideig tartó együttlétre). The director of the film was Lili Horvát while the producer was the Romanian Ada Solomon. The latter is vice-chairman of the European Film Academy and was the chairman of the professional jury at the film festival.
“This is the first time I could play the leading role in a feature movie.
It was an unbelievable journey into the depths of a soul being in love. My guide was Lili Horvát in that enigmatic world, and I am very thankful for her intelligent and sensitive instructions” – the Hungarian actress said when she won the award.
The Hungarian romantic drama made with the financial support of the National Film Institute of Hungary was praised on the film festivals in Toronto and Venice, as well.
Imdb.com says that such “a mouthful of a title, poetic and unwieldy, belies the starkness of Hungarian writer/director Lili Horvát’s haunting and the mysterious second feature, a kind of amnesiac love story crossed with the gloomiest of Krzysztof Kieślowski movies, and bordering on existential science fiction. Even if the conceit winds up a little undercooked, and a loopy ending doesn’t quite stick the landing,
the filmmaking is exacting and assured, pulling us in like a current into the heart of a most strange romantic mystery.”
Márta Vizy (Natasa Stork, a soothing and appropriately impenetrable presence) is a neurosurgeon, single and childless and approaching 40, who’s just returned to Budapest after an extended residency across the ocean in New Jersey. She has returned to Hungary spurred by a chance encounter back in the United States with a fellow doctor she met at a conference in the United States: She believes that, two months ago, they agreed to meet for a rendezvous on the Liberty Bridge, which connects Buda and Pest across the River Danube (an apt symbol for bridging disconnection). But when Márta finally manages to track János (Viktor Bodó) down, he has no idea who the hell she is, and claims she must be mistaken. This is immediately, and understandably, concerning for Márta, who’s just uprooted her whole life to return to her home country to meet a strange man, and now feels like a crazy person.
The film is going to take part in many film festivals in the future, for example, in Chicago in one of the USA’s oldest festivals and in the Busan International Film Festival, in China, as well. In October, it will be in Warsaw and Haifa (Israel) followed by Thessaloniki (Greece), Denver (USA), Valladolid and the Pingyao International Film Festival after that.
In Hungary, more than 10 thousand people watched the movie already.