The Lure

Córki dancingu, 2015, 92 min.

The Lure (2015)

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FANTASPORTO Oporto International Film Festival, Portugal
Best Film, Best Director; Best Special Effects

Polish Eagles (Orly)
Discovery of The Year for Agnieszka Smoczynska

Sundance Film Festival
World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Unique Vision & Design

Gdynia Film Festival
Best Directorial Debut, Best Make-up for Janusz Kaleja & Tomasz Matraszek


Director Agnieszka Smoczynska
Screenplay Robert Bolesto
Cinematography Kuba Kijowski
Music Zuzia i Basia Wronska
(ballady & Romanse)
Production Designer Joanna Macha
Producer Wlodzimierz Niderhaus


Mermaid Silver Marta Mazurek
Mermaid Gold Michalina Olszanska
Bassist Mietek Base Player Jakub Gierszal
Vocalist Kinga Preis
Dramer Andrzej Konopka
Manager Zygmunt Malanowicz
Rakieta Roma Gasiorowska


One dark night, at water’s edge, a family of musicians encounter aquatic sirens Silver and Golden. After assuring the family that they won’t eat them up, the winsome mermaids are recruited to join the Figs and Dates band at a neon-lit Warsaw dance club. When Silver becomes romantically entangled with beautiful blonde bassist Mietek, the more cunning Golden, who cannot escape her bloodthirsty nature and assimilate, worries that her sister’s relationship will doom their shared dream of swimming to a new life in America.

This weird, wild, 1980s-set musical horror film wittily plays with the lust and repulsion the bewitching sisters create with their combination of Barbie doll–smooth bodies and impressively long glittering mermaid tails. With a knack for both burlesque and the grotesque, first-time feature director Agnieszka Smoczynska creates a world saturated in color and Europop slickness that twists with absurdity and drips with blood.