Tango Shoes

The film is about two women Rita and Nora.
They live in the same big city not knowing each other, though they come across the same objects: an apple, the heart, lipstick and shoes.

Rita is ‘self-made’ woman but desperately seeks love. She is addicted to tango and the illusion it creates. She is like ‘The little match girl’ from the Hans Christian Andersen fable. After dancing with a Man, Rita throws the silver shoes and leaves the tango club realising she is creating love from an illusion and that’s why she always feels lonely.

The silver shoes are going to be picked up by the homeless woman Nora and they become like a ‘key’ for her. She lives outside of reality, suspended between two words, passive like a leaf. She puts the silver shoes on and enters the tango club where everyone is dancing. She closes her eyes and her dream starts. She sees the stability that she lost and a pregnant Woman dancing with a Man.

This also coincides with Rita’s dream who is now crying. It is a representation of what Nora lost and Rita never had. Those two women are like Yin and Yang, two parts of the same person are coming together in last scene to dance; to get liberated, learning to love themselves first and finding peace in their own hearts.

Cast: Agnieszka Laskus & Magdalena Fajgier
Mariano Laplume & Maral Kojayan
Director: Elzbieta Piekacz
Script: Elzbieta Piekacz & Agnieszka Laskus
Assistant Director: Agnieszka Laskus
Cinematography: Victoria Romero
Edit: Kamil Dobrosielski
Music Supervisor: Mahlon Berv
Life Music performed by Alfredo Martin Espindola and Milo Bird

  • Elzbieta Piekacz
    Director
  • Elzbieta Piekacz
    Writer
  • Agnieszka Laskus
    Writer
  • Elzbieta Piekacz
    Producer
  • Agnieszka Laskus
    Key Cast
  • Magdalena Fajgier
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 37 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 30, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    500 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Elzbieta Piekacz

My first touch with art was via theatre when I was studying at the Wroclaw Theatre Academy in Poland. I was expressing my sensitivity by the language of film, as an actress and also present on the other side of the camera; Working as an assistant director, camera operator, screenplay and adaptations co-authors. I received Best Actress Award for “Double Portrait” at the 20th International Koszalin Debut Film Festival and the film was awarded during the 26th Gdynia Polish Film Festival and received Pegaz Prize for best film. After spending four years on a film journey through Asia and I started to take pictures and when I returned to Warsaw, I decided to deepen this knowledge at the European Academy of Photography. I moved to London which become my home and embarked on a long-term film project called “HOME”. I have been a student of MA filmmaking at the London Film School and my graduation script “At Dawn the Flowers Open the Gates of Paradise” working title “Blankets of love” received a Special Mention from the Jury in Milano Film Festival. The finished film had it’s premiere during the 72nd edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival as part of the Main Program: “Shorts: Dream Images” and been awarded: Best United Kingdom Experimental Short Film - London International Motion Picture Awards, Semi-Finalist - International Moving Film Festival and Best Director - Video Hackers Film Festival.

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