The Lure

Jul 27 - Aug 9

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Thu, Jul 27 to Wed, Aug 9

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In this bold, genre-defying horror-musical mash-up—the playful and con dent debut of Polish director Agnieszka Smoczyńska—a pair of carnivorous mermaid sisters in an alternate 1980s Poland are drawn ashore to explore the wonders and temptations of life on land. Their tantalizing siren songs and otherworldly auras make them overnight sensations as nightclub singers in the half-glam, half-decrepit fantasy world of Smoczyńska’s imagining. In a visceral twist on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” one sister falls for a human, and the siblings’ bond is tested as love and survival come into con ict. A savage coming-of-age fairy tale with a catchy New Wave soundtrack, lavishly grimy sets, and outrageous musical numbers, The Lure explores its themes of sexuality, exploitation, and the compromises of adulthood with energy and originality.

Poland • 2015 • 92 minutes • Color • 2.39:1 aspect ratio • In Polish with English subtitles • Screening format: DCP

“The freshest lm I saw at Sundance this year . . . Nothing short of a stunning feature debut.”
—LAURA KERN, FILM COMMENT

“Never less than arresting. There’s nothing else like it in the sea.”
—GUY LODGE, VARIETY

“Imagine if Gaspar Noé and (the late) Andrzej Żuławski collaborated on a remake of The Little Mermaid. Wholly original and ominously enchanting.”
—DAVID EHRLICH, INDIEWIRE       

SUNDANCE WORLD CINEMA DRAMATIC SPECIAL JURY AWARD FOR UNIQUE VISION AND DESIGN

FANTASTIC FEST SPECIAL MENTION FOR FANTASTIC SPIRIT                        

FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

AFI FEST OFFICIAL SELECTION

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