Preparations for an undisclosed period, Hungary’s contender for the Oscar for international feature film this year, depend on a moment that is about seven minutes in the film.
Brain surgeon Márta Visy, played beguilingly by Natasa Stork, travels from New York to Budapest to establish a romantic bond with another neurologist she met at a medical conference in New Jersey. But when the two meet for the second time, the neurologist János Drexler (Viktor Bodó) claims not to have recognized Visy. She then collapses on the street.
The scene was the “scion” from which the entire film emerged, says writer and director Lili Horvát during her appearance at the resourcingstrategies Contenders International Awards season. The result is a noir romantic story, told from the perspective of a woman who is late in love, that explores the enormous role our imaginations play when we fall in love with someone.
Did Visy imagine her first meeting with Drexler in New York? Is Drexler even real? These are questions that are in the air as we prepare for the get-together as the highly skilled Visy takes a post at a Hungarian hospital and puts her into Drexler’s orbit.
“I wanted this story to take place in the brain, but also in the heart,” says Horvát. “The main area of this story is the mystery – that place in the troubled, murky no man’s land that separates love and madness.”
Greenwich Entertainment will unveil the US release for the film on January 22nd. It premiered at Venice Days and was also selected for Toronto.