Streaming Release!

Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time


Hungary’s Official Submission to the 93rd Annual Academy Awards!

The Loft Cinema will be splitting the revenue with the film’s distributor 50/50. You can watch Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time for 48 hours after your purchase. The film may be watched on your mobile device, computer, and other streaming devices. Click here for FAQs on streaming the film.

 “Superb. Slippery, supple and sinuous, Hungarian director Lili Horvát’s deliciously reworked psychological noir is a spiral staircase, polished to a glossy shine, down which unreliable motivations, self-delusions and romantic obsessions tumble in gorgeous 35mm.” – Jessica Kiang, Variety

In this riveting psychological mystery set in Budapest, brilliant neurosurgeon Marta (Natasa Stork, White God) meets another doctor, Janos, at a conference in the U.S., and plans a rendezvous with him at Liberty Bridge, on the Danube. Yet he never shows. She trails him around the streets of Budapest, but when she approaches, his response baffles her: “I don’t know you. This is the first time in my life I’ve ever seen you.” How could this be? She left a cushy New Jersey hospital to return to Hungary to start a new life with him. Did she imagine their romance, and the commitments he made? Is he gaslighting her? In sessions with her therapist, Marta fears she may be losing her grip on reality. But the truth may be far more complicated. Shot with an enigmatic visual palette inspired by the work of New York photographer Saul Leiter, Preparations… confronts our romantic expectations and the fine line between love and madness. (Dir. by Lili Horvát, 2020, Hungary, in Hungarian with English subtitles, 95 mins., Not Rated)