Cate Blanchett in Todd Field's "TAR" and Agnieszka Smoczyńska's "The Silent Twins" - special highlights of the 27th Sofia International Film Festival program

The Polish director will be
member of the International Jury

A few days ago, Martin Scorsese told IndieWire that after seeing "Tar," the clouds that shroud the future of cinema have dissipated! There's hardly been more serious recognition for Todd Field's new work, which has already been honored with a Best Actress award at Venice 2022, a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama, more than 50 awards, and over 200 nominations from various film forums around the world. There is no hesitation - Cate Blanchett is sculpting another incomparable role that will probably secure her a third Golden Warrior from the American Academy of Motion Pictures.

"Tar" is the story of world-renowned conductor Lydia Tarr. She is about to release a new book and give a live performance of Mahler's famous Fifth Symphony, which will mark the pinnacle of her impressive career. In the weeks that follow, however, 'ghosts' from Tarr's past come to light and her personal and professional life begins to unravel irrevocably. "Tar" is a searing exploration of power and its impact and persistence in today's society.

After gaining experience as an actor in the 1980s-90s, Todd Field wrote the screenplays and directed two feature films in the new century, "In the Bedroom" (with five Oscar nominations) and "Little Children" (with three Oscar nominations). Sixteen years later, Field served up the explosive "Tar" for the first time in competition at Venice. 

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Polish director Agnieszka Smoczyńska's latest film, "The Silent Twins," started at the Cannes Un Certain Regard program. The film follows the true story of June and Jennifer Gibbons, identical twins who grew up in Wales as part of the only colored family in a small town. The two refuse to communicate with anyone other than each other. They invent their own language and fall into catatonia when they are not together. After a vandalism instigated by an American boy they both idolize, the teenage girls are sent to a notorious mental institution where they are faced with the choice to separate and survive or die together.

"Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrence are astonishing as the two sisters, letting no one into their reality and totally isolated from the world. Talented Polish director Agnieszka Smoczynska defies the cliché 'movie of the week' with this uneven but daringly expressive biopic of the Gibbons twins," Guy Lodge writes for Variety. The film received the Best Performance by an Actor award, given to Wright and Lawrence by the British Independent Film Awards, and at the Gdynia Polish Film Festival, "The Silent Twins" was awarded four prizes, including the Golden Lions for Best Film. 

Agnieszka Smoczyńska, whose debut feature film "The Lure" was in the competition program of the Sofia Film Festival in 2016, will personally present "The Silent Twins" in Sofia and will be a member of the International Jury that will award the prizes at the 27th Sofia Film Festival! 

Meeting the latest films of Todd Field and Agnieszka Smoczyńska is in the program of the 27th Sofia Film Fest, on the big screen - only in March!

We are looking forward to see you at #CINEMA!