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Preview: Panorama Europe 2019 at MoMI

Museum of Moving Image (MoMI) hosts the 11th edition of Panorama Europe, showcasing the current crop of the best European films, including both narrative and documentary works. The series presents a portrait of contemporary Europe during a period of tremendous flux. Also, though some of the films are by established directors many are by first-time and emerging artists, and nine of the 17 films presented here are directed by women. This year's lineup includes Mademoiselle Paradis, involving a blind pianist protege and Dr. Mesmer; Fugue, a new film by Agnieszka Smoczyńska (The Lure); and Several Conversations about a Very Tall Girl, an intimate Romanian lesbian romance in the age of social media. Panorama Europe runs from today, May 3, through May 19. A Festival Pass (good...

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Out of the Rabbit Hole: Close-Up on "Fugue"

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Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Agnieszka Smoczyńska's Fugue (2018), which is receiving an exclusive global online premiere on Mubi, is showing from April 12 – May 11, 2019 in Mubi's The New Auteurs strand.Most people would empathize with a woman who lost her memory, but what if she preferred not to regain it? Agnieszka Smoczyńska’s second feature, Fugue,is a pronounced psychological exploration of trauma and personal choice of what not to be. Intertwined with dreams and fantasy sequences, the film reinvents the notion of (female) agency with the freedom of merging worlds, similar to the etherealness of Fugue’s genre-bending predecessor, The Lure (2016). In her astonishing debut, Smoczyńska weaved a universe of myth and social reality by presenting man-eating mermaids and their institutional bind to a performance cabaret. This time around, her sophomore feature is more self-contained and introspective, while eluding simple psychological diagnosis. The story
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Movie Review – The Field Guide To Evil (2019)

The Field Guide To Evil. 2019.

Directed by Ashim Ahluwalia, Can Evrenol, Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz, Katrin Gebbe, Calvin Reeder, Agnieszka Smoczynska, Peter Strickland, and Yannis Veslemes.

Starring Birgit Minichmayr, Sarah Navratil, Claude Duhamel, Jilon VanOver, Vangelis Mourikis, Thomas Schubert, Niharika Singh, and Kannon Hicks.


A feature-length anthology film. They are known as myths, lore, and folktales. Created to give logic to mankind’s darkest fears, these stories laid the foundation for what we now know as the horror genre.

As a lover of horror anthologies, it brings me no joy to find The Field Guide To Evil more rewarding in concept than practice. Eight different tales of worldwide urban legends, myths, and folklore from native filmmakers representing multiple countries. Germany, Poland, Turkey and more divulge their richest tradition-based fears, falling harder than most into the “mixed bag” nature of shorthand cinematic collaborations. Perfect lineups are rarer than spotting the
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Watch the Trailer for The Field Guide To Evil, Coming to Theaters & VOD Platforms on March 29th

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Featuring eight segments of horror based on frightening folklore from countries around the world, The Field Guide to Evil is coming to theaters and VOD on March 29th, and you can now watch the new trailer for the eclectic horror anthology.

Read the official press release for additional details on The Field Guide to Evil, check here to read Heather Wixson's SXSW interview with some of the filmmakers behind the new movie, and you can get an idea of what to expect in the new trailer below.

Press Release: New York, NY --- Tuesday, February 19, 2019 --- On March 29th, the terrifying new horror anthology The Field Guide To Evil will be released to theaters across America and all digital platforms. A new poster and trailer for the film debut today at

In Field Guide, eight of the most exciting new voices in international horror were asked to
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Les Arcs Festival Launches Talent Village Under Thomas Vinterberg’s Patronage

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Les Arcs Festival Launches Talent Village Under Thomas Vinterberg’s Patronage
Celebrating its 10th year anniversary, Les Arcs Industry Village is launching the Talent Village, a new development workshop and platform for emerging talents which will be under the patronage of Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (“The Hunt”).

Kicking off on Dec. 12 and hosted at the Cinéfabrique Film school in Lyon, the workshop will take place over three days — right before the start of Les Arcs Film Festival.

The participants include Poland’s Dawid Bodzak whose short “Tremors” won Grand Prize at Clermont Ferrand;

Israel’s Miki Polonski whose short “Ten Buildings Away” was selected for Cannes’s Cinéfondation; Spain’s Joan Vives Lozano whose short “El Escarabajo al Final de la Calle played at Clermont Ferrand. All eight filmmakers have just started developing their first film and some of them don’t have a producer yet.

The other participants are Alexandra Brodski from U.K./Russia, Monica Lima from Portugal,
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Memo to Distributors: Buy These AFI Fest 2018 Movies

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AFI Fest isn’t thought of as an acquisition festival, as most of its offerings are either world premieres about to enter awards season or high-profile selections from Cannes and Venice. Explore the program a bit, however, and you’ll discover any number of under-the-radar titles that have yet to find a home. That’s unsurprising, given how crowded the fall festival season has been, but dealmakers should seek out these worthy titles before it’s too late.


Gabriela Pichler’s debut as writer-director, the youth-in-revolt dramedy “Eat Sleep Die,” never got a theatrical release. That was a shame, and it’d be just as much of a disappointment if her follow-up met the same fate. Working from an appropriately zany premise — a small Swedish town attempts to woo a German superstore company into opening a new location via a promotional video — Pichler delivers clever scenarios and a surprising
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‘Fugue’ Director Agnieszka Smoczyńska on Visualizing Memory Loss

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‘Fugue’ Director Agnieszka Smoczyńska on Visualizing Memory Loss
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.

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Baltasar Kormakur, Dylan Leiner to attend inaugural New Europe Warsaw talent initiative

Six emerging directors will be mentored at new event.

Warsaw-based sales outfit New Europe is launching a new talent initiative in a bid to help emerging filmmakers make the next steps in their careers.

New Europe Warsaw Sessions (24-27 September) will be a closed event where six directors, picked by New Europe, will meet established decision-makers in a series of workshops and will also receive individual mentoring.

Participants at the inaugural edition are: Jan P. Matuszyński, Agnieszka Smoczyńska, Paweł Maślona, Laura Moss, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson and Jeppe Ronde.

The six will be mentored by Mike Goodridge and Julia Godzinskaya.

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Fantastic Fest Adds Horror ‘The Perfection’ And ‘Fugue’ To Lineup

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Fantastic Fest Adds Horror ‘The Perfection’ And ‘Fugue’ To Lineup
Fantastic Fest has made two last-minute additions to its robust lineup of genre films. Richard Shepard’s horror-thriller The Perfection starring Girls alum Allison Williams and Dear White People star Logan Browning will make its World Premiere at the fest, and Fugue directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska is set to make its North American Premiere. Fantastic Fest kicks off Sept. 20 and continues through Sept. 27.

Deadline exclusively reported the casting of Williams and Browning in The Perfection last year. The film follows former cello prodigy (Williams) as she seeks out both her mentor (Steven Weber) and his new star pupil (Browning) with enigmatic — and twisted — intent. Shepard, Williams and Browning are set to attend the fest.

Smoczynska’s Fugue stars Polish actress Gabriela Muskala and follows a woman who is trying to reconnect with her family after being lost in a fugue state for several years. The film marks the follow-up to
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Poland’s New Horizons Film Festival in Transition: The Place of the Outsider and of the Church…

Poland’s New Horizons Film Festival in Transition: The Place of the Outsider and of the Church TodayPoland itself is in transition. With the new government — Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party is deeply authoritarian — and its swing to the populist right, the Polish Film Institut seems to be veering right as well, toward more commercIal fims including the invariable war epics to show national pride. And Poland is getting competitive for bringing in international coproductions by offering a 30% tax cash back rebate for qualifying productions out of an overall fund of €46 million ($53.8 million).Polish Works in Progress is a key component of the industry events at the Festivals

Tomasz Dabrowski of Film Commission Poland likened the rebates bill to “a Copernican revolution for the Polish film industry….Poland will finally find its well-deserved place among the other European film industries.”

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Alpha Violet Clinches First Sales on Agnieszka Smoczynska’s ‘Fugue’ (Exclusive)

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Paris-based sales agents Alpha Violet has announced that Polish director Agnieszka Smoczyńska’s second feature “Fugue,” playing at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, has sold to Canada, China, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Lithuania and the Czech Republic.

The sales company has two other films at the festival: Natalia Garagiola’s Venice Audience Award winner “Hunting Season” and Berlin Golden Bear nominee “Dovlatov” from Alexey German Jr.

In the film, an anonymous woman stumbles across train tracks and into a crowded station with no idea who she is, and no emotional attachments. Only when she is featured on a TV talk show years later is her family finally able to contact and bring her back.

However, when reintroduced to her parents, husband and young child she is not only unable to remember them, but fairly sure she doesn’t want her old life back. She is a new person and these
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Friday One Sheet: El Angel

The top-down persepective, the teal and white framing, and the clean yellow type-face all make for a meticulously designed bit of key art for Argentinian serial killer biopic, El Angel. Sure, it might be very, very reminiscent of the poster for 2015's Polish horror-musical, and recent Criterion Collection addition, The Lure. And yet, the below poster is pretty enough to forgive. Everything in the arrangement here is 'just so,' from the angle to of the gun and the cigarette, the discarded wrappers, even the contents of the ash tray.  Throw in a dash of red sauce for colour, and I can say that I am quite in love with Indika Entertainment's design. This is the company who is responsible for the very iconic Pulp Fiction...

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U.S. Trailer for Brazilian Lesbian Werewolf Fantasy Horror Melodrama ‘Good Manners’

Not since the Polish cannibal horror mermaid musical The Lure has there been another genre melting pot as winning as the Brazilian lesbian werewolf horror melodrama Good Manners (which also throws in a musical element as well). One of the best films I saw at New Directors/New Films earlier this year, Marco Dutra and Juliana Rojas’s fable will get a U.S. release next month, and now Distrib Films Us have unveiled the U.S. trailer and poster.

The São Paulo-set film, gorgeously shot by Zama cinematographer Rui Poças, follows a nurse living outside the city who is hired to be the nanny for a wealthy woman who is about to give birth, and, of course, many secrets await. “Contrasts abound in Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra’s terrifyingly captivating Good Manners, a horror-meets-children’s-movie that uses all the tropes at its disposal to conjure up a piercing discussion of class,
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‘Fugue’ Trailer: A New Thriller from the Director of ‘The Lure’

‘Fugue’ Trailer: A New Thriller from the Director of ‘The Lure’
Agnieszka Smoczynska, director of the strange, brilliant cannibal mermaid musical The Lure, has a new film: Fugue. This thriller focuses on a woman with amnesia who would be perfectly happy to never remember her old life. Watch the Fugue trailer below. Fugue Trailer It’s hard to tell what’s going on here based on this trailer, so here’s a […]

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Fugue’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Fugue’
After two years away, a woman emerges from the wilderness with a drastically different identity, with tics and recollections of her former self flashing only intermittently through, like glitches in an otherwise complete new entity. That’s the story of the protagonist in “Fugue,” an anxious, storm-brewing melodrama from Polish director Agnieszka Smoczyńska, though it could as easily describe its gifted director’s reemergence: Gravely composed and played in an aptly atonal minor key, it’s the last follow-up we could have expected to “The Lure,” the deranged adult mermaid musical with which Smoczyńska conspicuously debuted in 2016. Some will be disappointed by the lack of fishy flash and fancy in “Fugue,” but its controlled expansiveness of tone, psychology and camera mark its helmer — invaluably aided by writer-star Gabriela Muskała — as a stylist of considerable, unpredictable finesse. She could go anywhere from here; festival selectors, distributors and audiences would be wise to follow.
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‘Fugue’ Review: A Disappointingly Straightforward Amnesia Drama from the Director of ‘The Lure’ — Cannes 2018

‘Fugue’ Review: A Disappointingly Straightforward Amnesia Drama from the Director of ‘The Lure’ — Cannes 2018
Arriving in the wake of her beloved goth mermaid extravaganza, “The Lure,” Agnieszka Smoczynska’s disappointingly unadventurous second feature begins much the same way as her first. A mysterious woman surfaces from the underground darkness of modern Poland, grabbing our attention as she stumbles into society. But where the twin sirens in Smoczynska’s debut emerged from a fairy tale, the lost and confused heroine of “Fugue” materializes from the shadows of an unaccountable two-year absence. Her name — she thinks — is Alicja (screenwriter Gabriela Muskala), and the camera follows her as she walks out of a Warsaw subway tunnel in an atomic blonde trench coat, climbs onto the busy platform, and casually pees all over the floor.

Memory loss is one of the oldest plot devices in the world, which makes it ripe for some kind of reinvention. The opening minutes of “Fugue” not only suggest that we’re in
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The Lure Director Returns with Fugue [Trailer]

Polish director Agnieszka Smoczynska left a lasting impression with her debut feature, the dark fairy tale about singing mermaids The Lure (review). Now the director is back with her second feature and it looks just as dark and alluring as her debut without the fantastic elements.

Fugue is written and stars Gabriela Muskala as Alicja, a woman who suffers from memory loss who has run off and created a new life for herself as a free spirit.

After two years in the wild she returns home and tries to re-assimilate herself into her old life as wife and mother but it's not an easy process for either her or her family.

I enjoyed The Lure but found it a bit messy
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First Trailer for Agnieszka Smoczyńska's 'Fugue' Premiering at Cannes

"I really don't care who I was, I'm sorry." Screen Daily has released the first festival trailer for a surreal Polish film titled Fugue, which is premiering at the Cannes Film Festival this weekend in the Critics' Week sidebar. Fugue is the latest feature from director Agnieszka Smoczyńska, who last made the cult hit The Lure - a musical about mermaids. The film is about Alicja - a woman who has no memory and no knowledge about how she lost it. When her family finds her, she is forced to fit into the roles of a mother, daughter and wife, surrounded by what seem to be complete strangers. It's described as a story about a woman who comes to regret motherhood. The cast includes Gabriela Muskała and Łukasz Simlat. This looks mesmerizing and emotionally intense, dealing with some heavy topics (as is usual for Polish cinema). Have a look below.
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‘Fugue’ Trailer: ‘The Lure’ Director’s New Thriller About An Amnesiac Who Doesn’t Want Her Old Life

We’ve been excited about “Fugue” ever since we’ve learned about the new film from Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Smoczyńska. For those that don’t know who Smoczyńska is, you should. She is the director of one of the most interesting musicals in recent times. No, we’re not talking about “La La Land” or “The Greatest Showman.” Smoczyńska directed “The Lure,” which is a horror musical about man-eating mermaids (read our glowing review).
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First trailer for Cannes Critics' Week title 'Fugue' (exclusive)

First trailer for Cannes Critics' Week title 'Fugue' (exclusive)
Agnieszka Smoczynska’s sophmore feature is about a woman who comes to regret motherhood.

Screen can exclusively reveal the first trailer for Fugue, the latest film from director Agnieszka Smoczynska which premieres in Critics’ Week at Cannes.

Smoczynska’s follow up to 2015 mermaid horror musical The Lure is about a woman who has experienced prolonged memory loss. When she comes to reunite with her family, the idea of motherhood is no longer an appealing one.

As announced by Screen last year, Alpha Violet handles sales on the project, which will premiere on May 15 at the Miramar.

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