Córki Dancingu (The Lure), the feature debut by director Agnieszka Smoczyńska, co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, has once again received recognition at film festivals abroad.

Awards in Calgary, San Francisco, Chicago, and Nashville

Agnieszka Smoczyńska’s Córki Dancingu (The Lure) has received further recognition abroad, winning the award for Best Feature at the Calgary Underground Film Festival in Canada, the Federico Fellini Prize at the Tiburon International Film Festival in the United States. The film has also received the Jury Grand Prize at the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival. Another US festival that recognized Smoczyńska’s debut feature is the Nashville Film Festival; in the festival’s Bridgestone Narrative Feature competition, Córki Dancingu (The Lure) received the award for Best Music. The film was scored by Ballady i Romanse. In the festival’s Graveyard Shift Competition, Smoczyńska’s film received the Graveyard Shift Grand Jury Prize for “being everything from a cutting edge musical, to an emotionally faithful Hans Christian Andersen adaptation that would delight [Bob] Fosse and [Rainer Werner] Fassbinder equally […].” In this competition, Marta Mazurek also received the Special Jury Prize for Best Actress.

More Recognition Abroad

These awards at film festivals in the United States and Canada mark the latest international accolades for Córki Dancingu (The Lure). At the recent ‘Kino Pavasaris’ film festival in Vilnius, Agnieszka Smoczyńska received the Best Director award in the New Europe – New Names section. To date, Córki Dancingu (The Lure) has also received the World Dramatic Cinema Competition Special Prize at this year’s Sundance film festival and three awrads at the 36th Fantasporto International Film Festival — Best Film, Best Director, and Best Special Effects. Agnieszka Smoczyńska’s feature debut has also received the Youth Jury Prize at the Sofia Film Festival.

Córki Dancingu (The Lure)

Córki Dancingu (The Lure) is a coming-of-age story about two young girls on the verge of womanhood. They arrive in Warsaw as teenagers; they depart as mature beings who have experienced suffering, love, and passion.

Teenagers Golden and Silver find themselves in the midst of the world of 1980s Warsaw dance parties, vibrant with music, glittering with neon lights and sequins. But these are no ordinary girls; they are mermaids, trying to understand what it means to be a woman in the world they are in. They join the musicians of the ‘Figs and Dates’ band, becoming an instant sensation on the city’s nightlife scene. In the throes of love and budding passions, they briefly forget their true nature. But all it takes is one broken heart for the situation to slip out of control.

Córki Dancingu (The Lure) is the feature debut by director Agnieszka Smoczyńska. The film was written by Robert Bolesto and lensed by Jakub Kijowski. Joanna Macha was responsible for production design, while Katarzyna Lewińska was costume designer. The film was produced by WFDiF, co-produced by Telewizja Polska and Platige Image, and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

Córki Dancingu (The Lure) was released theatrically in Poland on December 25, 2015.

Paulina Bez

Translated by Karolina Kołtun