According to Academy rules, each country can nominate one film in the international film category that was screened in that country between October 1, 2019, and December 31, 2020. Representatives of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will select the five final nominees, which will be made public on March 15, 2021. The ceremonial presentation of the Oscar winners will take place on April 25 in Los Angeles.
In Horvát’s film, Márta, a forty-year-old neurosurgeon, leaves her bright American career behind for love. She returns to Budapest to start a new life with her love, but the man does not show up for the date. Márta desperately starts looking for him. When she finds him, he claims that he has never seen her before.
The film was screened with great success at the end of the summer at the Venice and then Toronto film festivals. In Antalya, Natasa Stork won the Best Actress award, and in Warsaw, the film was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize by the jury of the International Federation of Film Critics. She also won the grand prize “Gold Hugo” (Arany Hugó) at the longest-running festival in Chicago and returned home with three trophies from the highly prestigious Valladolid Film Festival in Spain. The film, set on the border of reality and imagination, won the Best Feature Film Award at the Philadelphia Film Festival as well.
Greenwich Entertainment in the U.S. has already purchased the distribution rights for the film, which will be shown outside of festivals around the world in 2021.