Silent Twins

Agnieszka Smoczyńska, Poland, UK, USA 2022, 113’
Men X

Agnieszka Smoczyńska tells the story of silent twins in an unusually empathetic way. The movie, based on a report by Marjorie Wallace, is a true story of June and Jennifer Gibbons, black twins from Wales, who have only talked to each other since childhood. The sisters, who refuse to communicate verbally with their family members, teachers and peers, form a symbiotic duo, though not without rivalry. Their life goes on behind the closed doors of the girls’ room: in their imagination, in common (as they get older - less and less innocent) games and on the pages of the books they write. The girls’ inner world is shown with visual fantasy. Images and music take the place of unspoken words. In your imagination you can be a bird, the queen of the street, Michael Jackson or Princess Diana. Or all of them at the same time. Touching to the quick, some have called this the most beautiful movie of this year’s Cannes festival, it can be read as a story of teenage rebellion, of eccentric fun that has spun out of control. It could illustrate a dysfunctional relationship or a mental crisis brought on by long-term oppression. Or perhaps it is a study of toxic love, so strong that the outside world ceases to matter and a normal life is impossible?

Ewa Szabłowska

Agnieszka Smoczyńska

Agnieszka Smoczyńska is one of the most talented Polish directors of the young generation. Born in Wroclaw, she graduated from the Film Directing Department of the University of Silesia in Katowice, and the Wajda School. She initially made short documentaries, but gained fame when she started cooperating with screenwriter Robert Bolesto, with whom she created  The Lure. The movie won awards at festivals in Nashville, Chicago, Vilnius, Sofia and Porto, as well as the Special Jury Prize at Sundance. Her  Fugue premiered at the Cannes Critics’ Week.  Silent Twins, her English-language début, premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes 2022 festival.


2015 Córki dancingu / The Lure

2018 Fuga / Fugue

2022 Silent Twins

Cast & Crew

director Agnieszka Smoczyńska
screenplay Andrea Seigel, Marjorie Wallace
cinematography Jakub Kijowski
editing Agnieszka Glińska
music Marcin Macuk, Zuzanna Wrońska
cast Letitia Wright, Tamara Lawrance, Jodhi May, Michael Smiley
producer Klaudia Śmieja, Anita Gou, Joshua Horsfield, Ben Pugh, Alicia Van Couvering
production Madants, Kindred Spirit, 30West
Polish distributor Gutek Film
language English
coloration colour
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