PREPARATIONS TO BE TOGETHER FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME (TIFF20) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Plot-wise, Preparations to Be Together For an Unknown Period of Time is a film almost temptingly easy to reveal too much about, which in a movie where the process of discovery is the central point would significantly remove many of the elements that make it so intriguing. Eschewing typical cliches, what we discover here instead is a neurological exploration of the crush-turned-romantic-obsession that pivots around the subjectivity of falling in love

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SON OF THE WHITE MARE – Review by Diane Carson

Based on Hungarian folktales, director Marcell Jankovics’ Son of the White Mare offers wildly inventive, psychedelic animation with astonishing artistic flourishes and dazzling storytelling. Its opening statement, “In memory of the Scythians, Huns, Avars and other nomadic peoples,” sets the stage for a trip to “a land far, far from here, almost at the gates of Hell.”

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SATANTANGO – Review by Diane Carson

With minimal action, at seven and a third hours, Hungarian director Béla Tarr‘s Sátántangó presents an astonishing, microscopic look at the raw human condition. In a most telling and an appropriate description, Irimiás, a central figure, says, “Think of me as a tragic researcher investigating why everything is as terrible as it is.”

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