*Online Premiere* Director Jorge Torres-Torres, who made a tragic hero of a painkiller-snorting clown in SHADOW ZOMBIE and prodded the doomed underside of New Orleans in SISTERS OF THE PLAGUE, returns in his latest feature to a world of heat and madness. The setting is the tiny island of Vieques, east of Puerto Rico where the warm Atlantic spits up bones, wild pigs, and drunken mainlanders into a maze of rusty hulls, and overgrown concrete ruins.
Here Claire (Sophie Traub, THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY) appears, seemingly touching down out of nowhere after fleeing her staid life and fiancé in New York. Pressed by memories of past transgressions, her mind evaporates into the world around her, crowned with a madness that feels deceptively like freedom.
Through menacing visual effects and editing that welds Claire’s fractured timeline into a solid, glassy present, FUGUE pushes off from the traditions of the horror genre into a looming vision of the massiveness of experience: as wide as a wave, a sun, a sky. (73 minutes) Directed by Jorge Torres-Torres. Starring Sophie Traub. Produced by Jason Banker and Clifford McCurdy. [write-up originally posted by the New Orleans Film Festival]