While still in high school, Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Smoczyńska took a movie class and it changed the course of her life. Abandoning her long-held dream of becoming an actress, she decided to become a director after seeing the films of Antonini, Fellini, Visconti and others. She studied film at the Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School in Katowice, Poland with further study at the Wajda Film School. Smoczyńska had intended to direct documentary films but she found having to tell tragic stories about real people overwhelming, and so she turned to fiction. Her film The Lure (2015) is an artistic blend of both the horror and musical genres, which won many awards worldwide, including the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, leading to the film being released theatrically in several countries.
In 2017, she was invited to participate in the European Cinema: Ten Women Filmmakers to Watch program and was awarded the Global Filmmaking Award by the Sundance Film Festival. Cineuropa has described her as able to “manoeuvre (sic) through delicate, emotional scenes as well as creating an atmosphere that will make the hairs on your neck stand on end.” Currently, Smoczyńska is directing for television and is in pre-production for a feature film.
3 Love (2004)
The Lure (2015)