Director: Agnieszka Smoczynska Run Time: 100 min. Format: DCP Rating: NR Release Year: 2018 Language: Polish with English subtitles
Starring: Gabriela Muskala, Lukasz Simlat, Malgorzata Buczkowska
The Future of Film is Female presents a special screening of Agnieszka Smoczynska’s just released sophomore feature from 2018, FUGUE, along with the director in conversation. To make an additional $10 donation to The Future of Film is Female, select the “Event + Donation” ticket on the checkout screen.
Alicja suffers from memory loss and has rebuilt her own free spirited way of life. Two years later, she returns to her former family to assume against her will her role as wife, mother and daughter. Her estranged husband and son do not recognize this woman who looks familiar and yet behaves like a stranger. Feelings of alienation, love and revelations rekindle her interior flame.
Agnieszka Smoczynska’s second feature (made between The Lure and The Silent Twins), Fugue evokes the social taboos around motherhood and the pressure on women to accept maternity without hesitation or reflection, as though the biological capacity of giving birth means that every woman should be willing to be a mother.