In the moody psychodrama “Fugue
,” competing in the Polish films section at EnergaCamerimage, Agnieszka Smoczyńska explores memory loss and its devastating impact on family in her follow-up to “The Lure
.” Utterly unlike her debut, which was a colorful, musical fantasy focused on mermaids, “Fugue
” is a study in perception and emotion in which the lead and co-writer, Gabriela Muskala
, is suddenly discovered wandering and returned to her family two years after disappearing.
What did you learn from your research into the woman who had gone through this actual breakdown?
It was a very strong experience. I was particularly struck by the fact that Maria never really came back from that “other world.” She was talking to us normally, she seemed to remember everything, and yet she seemed somehow suspended between two worlds: the real here and now and the one that wasn’t “real,” the one of her memories.