MustSee: “Córki dancingu/The Lure/Sirenengesang“ by Agnieszka Smoczyńska

FilmPolska: 11th Polish Film Festival in Berlin!*NSFW* As I read the time table of my beloved filmPOLSKA I wasn’t excited about „The Lure“. The tale „Little mermaids“ as a horror trash musical? Do we need this? After two minutes of the film I decided it’s been more necessary than anything else.  The two mermaids Silver and Golden strand at the Warsaw of the 1980’s. They start to work as singer, dancer and stripper in a night club, protected by the matriarch leader of a funky band. Unfortunately Silver falls in love with the bass player and we all know, how easy a mermaid heart can be broken. Golden struggles with this world anyways, her dark demonic side is too strong. So the bloody drama goes on and on.  Smoczyńska’s new interpretation of the fairy tale, that doesn’t want to be one, is just marvelous! 

The look, the funky soundtrack and the great scenery of an old but candy colored Warsaw is so beautiful. I enjoyed every second of this movie, because of its extraordinary photography.

Camera Operator Jakub Kijowski tried a lot of perspectives but created an unique look: combining dark and funny motions, he’s a master of the light. The two mermaids acted by Marta Mazurek and Michalina Olszańska are beautiful and the fit perfect into their parts. I got a little crush on Olszańska who I discovered at the Berlinale in „Ja, Olga Hepnarovà“! What a dark beauty!


Band leader Kinga Preis also looks great with her permanent wave afro, she’s a cool polish funk queen! I’m not the only one who loves this movie: at the Sundance Festival „The Lure“ won the Special Award for Extraordinary Film Design.

the_lureAsked for the spark of this movie Smoczyńska said that a friend of hers (I can’t find the name of this artist, I am so sorry!) creates monsters and she also wanted to create shady creatures for her debut feature film. The look of the mermaids is very unique and I don’t want to spoil you about it, but it may interest you that the, maybe 4 meter long, tails were made out of foam and silicon and controlled by a mechanic and no CGI was needed. The girls needed three hours a day to get into those heavy suits.

The soundtrack by “Ballady i Romase“ may be released soon, it would me cheer me up! It’s pretty cool and works even without understanding the lyrics!

I hope, this awesome movie will make it into German theaters!

director: Agnieszka Smoczyńska – camera: Jakub Kijowski – actors: Kinga Preis, Marta Mazurek, Michalina Olszańska