Focus Features Acquire The Silent Twins by Agnieszka Smoczynska, Letitia Wright, and Tamara Lawrance Star


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A press release announced Focus Features has secured worldwide rights for Agnieszka Smoczynska’s English-language debut. Written by Andrea Siegel, “Silent Twins” starring Letitia Wright (“Black Panther”) and Tamara Lawrence (“The Last Song”).

Silent Twins is based on a book by Marjorie Wallace and tells the haunting story of June and Jennifer Gibbons, twins from the only black family in a small town in Wales in the 1970s and 1980s. A feeling of isolation from this unwelcome community, the couple turns inward and refuses to communicate with Everyone except each other, retreating into their fictional world of artistic inspiration and teens’ desires.After a wave of vandalism inspired by an American boy they both adore, the girls, now teenagers, are summarily sentenced to Broadmoor, a notorious psychiatric hospital, where they face the choice of separating and staying on Alive or Dying Together, ”the film’s synopsis details.

The pic wrapped recently in Poland.

Focus Features Kiska Higgs, Head of Production and Acquisition, commented, “Agha is a visually stunning and imaginatively sensitive filmmaker who treats twins, and is cruelly judged, like regular girls with extraordinary imagination. She has created an enchanting and luminous world for her stars, as they explore themes of love and longing. And identity and what it really means to have “another half”.

Smoczynska directed Fugue of 2018 and The Lure of 2015. The film premiered at Cannes, and the latter won Sundance’s Special Jury Prize for its unique vision and design.

“The fact that a director’s career has been seen for many decades as a man’s job is a completely wrong idea,” Smoczynska told us. “Why was it placed this way? It did not make sense to me. Women, like men, are excellent artists, and women have practiced directing since the beginning of cinema. The lack of this understanding comes from the same place as the lack of an understanding that women are excellent leaders and visions. Power suits us as well. [it does] Men, ”she asserted. We have been deprived of this power for the same reasons that we have been deprived of power in other areas of our lives – from getting equal pay until we get the same opportunities. Some of the more traditional men have a hard time getting women led, this movement – and others. – You’re working to change that. We’re changing. “

When asked what advice she would give other filmmakers, Smoczynska said, “Never give up on building your personal life. Just look for ways to find a balance between life and work, helping each other all the time, and doing your thing. Do what you want to do.”


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