Hungary’s ‘Preparations To Be Together’ Examines “Murky No Man’s Land That Separates Love From Madness” – Contenders International

But when the two encounter each other for a second time, the neurologist, János Drexler (Viktor Bodó), claims not to recognize Visy. Brain surgeon Márta Visy, played beguilingly by Natasa Stork, travels home to Budapest from New York for a romantic liaison with a fellow neurologist she met at a New Jersey medical conference. She then collapses in the street.
The result is a noirish romantic story, told from the perspective a woman who is late to love, which examines the enormous role our imaginations play when we fall for someone. The scene was the “sprout” from which the whole film grew, says writer-director Lili Horvát during her appearance at Deadline's Contenders International awards season-event.
These are questions that hang in the air throughout Preparations To Be Together, as the highly qualified Visy takes up a post at a Hungarian hospital, bringing her into Drexler's orbit. Is Drexler real at all? Did Visy imagine her first encounter with Drexler in New York?
Greenwich Entertainment is lining up the U.S. release for the film January 22. It premiered in Venice Days and was also selected for Toronto.” />
Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time, Hungary’s contender this year for the International Feature Film Oscar, hinges on a moment around seven minutes into the movie.
“The main terrain of this story is mystery — this place in the unsettling murky no man’s land that separates love from madness.” “I wanted this story to play in the brain, but also in the heart,” Horvát says.

George Miller’s ‘Three Thousand Years Of Longing’ Scores Near-Sellout For FilmNation — AFM

In addition to the big deals secured earlier in the market for France and Italy, FilmNation has now finalized key deals for Latin America (IDC), Spain (DeA Planeta and Tri Pictures), CIS (Volgafilm), Scandinavia (Nordisk Films), Japan (Kino Films), Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania (Prorom Media) and South Korea (The Coup).
Remaining key markets such as U.S., Germany and UK are in play. Many of these are understood to have been multi-million dollar deals.
Also sold are Poland (Monolith), Ex Yugoslavia (Blitz), Greece (Tanweer), Iceland (Sam Films), Israel (Lev Cinemas), Middle East, Turkey (Italia Films), Portugal (Nos Lusomundo), Switzerland (Ascot Elite), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), India (PVR Pictures), Malaysia, Philippines (Square Box), Singapore (Shaw Renters), Taiwan (Moviecloud), Vietnam (Blue Lantern), Pan Asia TV (Fox Network Group) and South Africa (Filmfinity).
Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton will star in the big-canvas fantasy romance. Log-line is being kept under wraps but pic is understood to revolve around a genie. This one was always going to be among the most in-demand packages at the market. Oscar-winner Miller has penned the script and will direct the original film. Shoot is due to get under way next year.
CAA reps North America and China but is also helping broker the international deals.” /> The feted franchise creator will produce alongside his regular collaborator Doug Mitchell. FilmNation is handling international sales.
EXCLUSIVE: George Miller's buzzed-about Three Thousand Years Of Longing has scored a near-sellout for FilmNation here at the AFM.