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2022 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Agnieszka Smoczyńska’s Silent Twins

2022 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Agnieszka Smoczyńska’s Silent Twins

Just two feature films in (2015’s The Lure and 2018’s Fugue), Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Smoczyńska has built a rabid fan base – us included. It’s no wonder she has been attached to a handful of projects since cementing her unique voice among filmmakers woith the sophomore film being presented at the Cannes Film Festival’s Critics’ Week. Among our most anticipated items for what we thought would be a 2021 drop, her third feature (and first English language project) was picked up by the Focus Features folks back in April for what will be 2022 drop. Starring Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrance, Focus describe Silent Twins as “a luminous, magical world”…exploring “themes of love, longing, identity”. Smoczyńska saw The Lure (read review) break out big at Sundance – so a return trip could be in the cards.

Gist: Set in the 1970s and ’80s, the story follows June and Jennifer Gibbons (portrayed by Wright and Lawrance), twins from the only Black family in a small town in Wales. Feeling isolated from that unwelcoming community, the pair turn inward and reject communication with everyone but each other, retreating into their own fantasy world of artistic inspiration and adolescent desires.

Production Co./Producers: Madant’s Klaudia Smieja-Rostworowska, Extreme Emotions’ Ewa Puszczyńska, 42’s Ben Pugh, Joshua Horsfield, Kindred Spirit’s Anita Gou and Alicia van Couvering

Prediction: PREMIERES.

U.S. Distributor:
Focus Features.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include 1976 (Manuela Martelli), Godland (Hlynur Pálmason), Corsage (Marie Kreutzer), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen).

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