Kinga Preis, Marta Mazurek, and Michalina Olszanska in The Lure (2015)
Kinga Preis, Marta Mazurek, and Michalina Olszanska in The Lure (2015)
The Lure (2015)

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The Lure

Agnieszka Smoczyńska | Poland | 2015 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 14 Dec 2022

Marta Mazurek and Michalina Olszańska play flesh-eating mermaid sisters Silver and Golden. Singing sensations in a seedy nightclub in 1980s Poland, they are subject to differing temptations of the flesh when mixing undetected with humankind, with existential implications for one and all. One of the most audacious feature debuts of recent years, Smoczyńska’s “Daughters of Dancing” (when translated literally from the Polish) is a lurid and dank coming-of-age, synth-pop song-and-dance spectacular drawing on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid and steeping it in strong feminist undercurrents with horror flourishes.

Format: DCP
Language: Polish with English subtitles
Source: Janus Films
Runtime: 92 mins

Event duration

92 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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