Alicja has no memory and doesn’t know how she lost it. During two years of living with amnesia, she manages to build her new, independent self away from home. She doesn’t want to remember what she was before. So when her family finally finds her, she’s suddenly forced to fit into the roles of the mother, the daughter and the wife, and relate to people who are now complete strangers. Similarly, her husband managed to piece a new life back together, because in a way, the former Alicja was “dead” to both him and to their son. Fugue poses a question: What would happen, if it was me? If given an opportunity to reinvent myself, what would I do? Is love for a child unconditional if, with losing our memory, we also lose our attachment to others? Can a person ever regain the feelings that were lost with memory? The film also grapples with the cultural taboos around maternity. It looks at the social pressure to accept and desire motherhood unconditionally, just by means of physiology. But does the biological capacity of giving birth mean that every woman is supposed to be willing to become a mother.
Agnieszka Smoczyńska is a graduate of the Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School in Katowice, Poland and has also participated in master classes at the Wajda Film School. She received a scholarship from The Minister of Culture and National Heritage for outstanding artistic achievement, the “My Talent for Poland” prize and the Golden Pen, awarded by the President of Poland. In 2015 her first feature film The Lure experimented with the musical and horror genres and was recognized as the best debut at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia. Smoczyńska was hailed as the “Discovery of the year” at the Polish Film Awards. The Lure has received numerous awards at festivals worldwide, including Fantasporto, Sofia, Montreal, Vilnius and the Sundance Film Festival, where she received the Special Jury Prize for “a unique vision and design”, and subsequently released in countries such as the US, Japan and Taiwan (including a Criterion Collection Blu-ray release). In 2017, Smoczyńska was invited by the Sydney Film Festival, Variety and European Film Promotion to participate in the “European Cinema: Ten Women Filmmakers to Watch“ program. She is a recipient of the Global Filmmaking Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.