Past Event28 Jul 2016

The Lure

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The Civic


A bizarre, sublimely surreal vampire-mermaid musical from Poland about two siren sisters who lure their prey from the stage of a trashy Warsaw nightclub.

Hands down the greatest vampire mermaid musical fairy tale ever made.

It’s refreshingly welcome to see a filmmaker returning the Little Mermaid to ferocious man-eater in one of the most entertaining and utterly bat-shit feature debuts in a very long time. Slithering across the screen like some intoxicating sexy fusion of 80s cult hits Café Flesh, Splash and The Hunger, The Lure tells the seductive tale of mermaid sisters and the ill-starred sequence of events when one of them falls hard for a striking 20-something earthbound musician. Wrapped up in the oh-so-thin veneer of Hans Christian Andersen’s fable, this bloody and naked cult miasma features wild musical numbers that are like escapees from Eurovision’s vaults, ranging from Donna Summer covers to original new wave and electro-punk tracks. The sultry sirens become huge draws at the club until hidden desires and strained familial bonds propel the film from absurd laughs to queasy body horror. There are some fully committed performances in this X-rated fishy tale but none more so than that of Michalina Olszańska, who radiates such amphibious sexuality onscreen that it’s easy to believe her bewitching allure is the real deal.

The Lure

Córki dancingu
Poland 2015  
92 mins
In Polish with English subtitles
R16 violence, horror, sex scenes, offensive language

Director: Agnieszka Smoczyńska

Producer: Włodzimierz Niderhaus

Screenplay: Robert Bolesto

Photography: Kuba Kijowski

Editor: Jarosław Kamiński

Production designer: Joanna Macha

Costume designer: Katarzyna Lewińska

Music: Zuzanna Wrońska, Barbara Wrońska

Choreography: Kaya Kołodziejczyk, Jarosław Staniek, Betty Q

With: Kinga Preis (vocalist), Michalina Olszańska (Golden), Marta Mazurek (Silver), Jakub Gierszał (bass player), Andrzej Konopka (drummer), Zygmunt Malanowicz (boss), Marcin Kowalczyk (Triton), Magdalena Cielecka (Miss Muffett), Katarzyna Herman (militia officer), Katarzyna Sawczuk (Nancy)

Festivals: Sundance 2016 Special Jury Award (World Dramatic), Sundance Film Festival 2016

For tickets and details about films at other venues, please visit the New Zealand International Film Festival website.

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