Karlovy Vary FF

Director Agnieszka Smoczyńska talks about “The Lure” #KVIFF2016

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Also on the East of the West Competition jury.

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PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Agnieszka Smoczyńska, director of The Lure and juror of the East of the West competition at the 51st KVIFF.

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The Lure, feature directorial debut by Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Smoczynska, is an exciting mixture of many genres: from musical to horror, fantasy and even a little gothic romance. It is also dressed in flashy 80’s clothing, this being the era in which The Lure is set, as well as in other colourful creative ways. But by setting it in this particular timeframe, Smoczynska evokes her own childhood recollections, from her experiences being the child of an owner of a similar club in which the story takes place to her own attraction to fairytales.

Despite the element of the mermaids, this film is no Disney flick. The two central creatures are as beautiful as they are frighteningly horrific, and their central role also leads to an exploration of female sexuality – as well as their relationship with one another representing a realistic vision of sibling relationship within a colourful context. As far as the musical side of the film is concerned, with music being very important in the film, Smoczynska tells us that this type of genre is rarely if ever produced in Poland, which means it took some time to make. The result, however, is quite captivating and has been picking up awards all over the world so far in its festival run.

In addition to talking about The Lure, in this interview we also take time to discuss her second role at the festival, not only presenting her feature debut at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, but also being a member of the jury of a section dedicated to first or second features from Eastern Europe entitled East of the West.

THE LURE: An unconventional romance plays out in a bizarre late 1980s night club; at its centre, two mermaids and a bass guitarist. This Polish directorial debut is a tale of first love and disenchantment in a novel blend of genres: musical, fairy tale and horror movie.

  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Agnieszka Smoczyńska
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    The Lure (Córki dancingu)
  • Festival section
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