This multi-award winning creation is vibrant, colorful and everything a gore-loving Scream Siren could want. When two beautiful mermaid sisters decide to swim to shore and experience life on land, they’re swept up in the glitzy, candy-colored madness of a sleazy Warsaw nightclub, where they quickly become the main attraction. Golden (Michalina Olszanska) and Silver (Marta Mazurek) not only have hypnotizing voices, but are also able to transform into human form if they keep out of water long enough. With just a splash, their glistening, strangely sexual fins are back on display, making their performance a total moneymaker. The sisters quickly realize the advantages and consequences of inhabiting an attractive female body in the modern world when Golden starts using her sexual prowess to feed on predatory men and Silver falls in love with the sandy-haired bassist of the club’s family band (Jakub Gierszal), putting her at risk of a Little Mermaid-esque situation: losing her voice and tail forever. InThe Lure, first-time director Agnieszka Smocynska delivers a stylish, ’80s-tinged, hyper-violent film, featuring psychedelic musical numbers and touching on themes of sexual agency, female relationships, and the inevitable catastrophe of romantic love.
Director Agnieszka Smoczyńska’s gruesome and alluring New Wave rock opera is playing three times at this year’s Seattle International Film Festival so you’ll have ample time to check out this unique film.
Born in 1978 in Poland, Agnieszka Smoczynska received the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Scholarship and won the My Talent for Poland program and Golden PEN award. The Lure is her first feature film.