Archive of films The Lure / Córki dancingu

2015, 92 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2016

An unconventional romance plays out in a bizarre late 1980s night club; at its centre, two mermaids and a bass guitarist. This Polish directorial debut is a tale of first love and disenchantment in a novel blend of genres: musical, fairy tale and horror movie.


It’s the late 1980s. Golden and Silver are mermaids who leave their undersea world and head towards a Warsaw nightclub where, thanks to their exquisite voices and singular physical proportions, they end up with glittering careers as singers and dancers. In the bizarre club environment they try out their first cigarette, their first shot, and their first kiss. They experience love and disenchantment and soon discover that things aren’t as wonderful as they had imagined. This tale of love, coming of age, gathered experience and abandoned illusions is the personal story of both the director and the artists behind the original music (the Wroński sisters), whose childhood is closely associated with life in the dance halls where their parents used to perform. And it’s this glitzy, decadent atmosphere that Agnieszka Smoczyńska has attempted to evoke in her genre-embracing debut. Here, Michalina Olszańska captures Golden’s dusky temperament with the kind of conviction she showed in her sociopathic role in I, Olga Hepnarova (2016), except that, in this case, truck manoeuvres are traded for sanguinary urges.

Kamila Dolotina

About the director

Agnieszka Smoczyńska (b. 1978, Wrocław, Poland) studied film direction at the Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School in Katowice. Her distinctive style began to emerge early on in student films that impressed the juries at numerous international film festivals. Her short film Aria Diva (2007), describing the temptations of a life free of responsibility and the restraints of stability, won a series of national awards at the festival in Kraków. The director allows her imagination to run wild in her feature-film debut The Lure (2015), a heady mix of childhood memories and elements from all kinds of genres – melodramatic fairy tale, musical, thriller and horror. The film won Sundance’s Special Jury Prize for unique vision and design and also took away awards from the festivals in Nashville and Sofia.


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Another View
Director: Agnieszka Smoczyńska
Screenplay: Robert Bolesto
Dir. of Photography: Kuba Kijowski
Music: Ballady i Romanse (Zuzanna Wrońska, Barbara Wrońska)
Editor: Jarosław Kamiński
Art Director: Joanna Macha
Producer: Wlodzimierz Niderhaus
Production: WFDiF – Documentary and Feature Film Studios
Coproduction: Telewizja Polska S. A.
Cast: Marta Mazurek, Michalina Olszańska, Kinga Preis, Jakub Gierszał, Andrzej Konopka
Contact: WFDiF - Documentary and Feature Films Studios


Agnieszka Smoczyńska

Film Director


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