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Fugue

Agnieszka Smoczyńska
Fuga
Poland, Czech Republic, Sweden 2018 / 100’
Cocote Holiday

A surprising change of direction by the director of the hit filmThe Lure; her new project is much darker, more mysterious and emotionally intense. Kinga disappears without an explanation, leaving behind her husband, son and other relatives. More than two years later, however, she reappears as Alicja, a woman with no memory who has fallen on hard times. After appearing on television, she's recognized by her family. Thus begins a fascinating and insightful study of female identity, in which Gabriela Muskała (who also wrote the screenplay) portrays Alicja/Kinga's anxiety, resentment and internal conflict brilliantly. She is forced to find a place for herself as a wife, mother, daughter and friend among people who are just as surprised as she is by the sudden appearance of someone whose loss they had already come to terms with. Not only does Alicja not recognize her friends and relatives, but they also don't see in her the former Kinga. Fugue is a bold film with a fresh take on the same level as Zgliński's Animals or Szelc's Tower: A Bright Day.

Katarzyna Wolanin

Agnieszka Smoczyńska

Agnieszka Smoczyńska, one of Poland's most talented young directors, is a native of Wrocław. She studied at the Faculty of Radio and Television at the University of Silesia, as well as the Wajda School. She first made short documentaries before earning wider acclaim through her collaboration with screenwriter Robert Bolesto, with whom she made The Lure. The film won awards at festivals in Nashville, Chicago, Vilnius, Sofia and Porto, as well as the Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Fugue premiered during Critics' Week at Cannes.

Filmography

2015 Córki dancingu / The Lure

2018 Fuga / Fugue

Cast & Crew

director Agnieszka Smoczyńska
screenplay Gabriela Muskała
cinematography Jakub Kijowski
editing Jarosław Kamiński
music Filip Míšek
cast Gabriela Muskała, Łukasz Simlat, Małgorzata Buczkowska, Piotr Skiba, Halina Rasiakówna, Zbigniew Waleryś
producer Agnieszka Kurzydło
production MD4 Sp. z o.o.
sales Alpha Violet
language Polish
colouration colour