“Where is that money, Piotrek?” We’re proud to exclusively debut an award-winning short film online, titled Everything Will Be Nice, or Wszystko Bedzie Fajnie in Polish. This short, directed by and starring Polish actor/filmmaker Jan Kutrzeba, touches on immigration, love, trust, poverty, and loneliness. It was made out of love by a handful of immigrant filmmakers and two talented Polish actors living in New York. Kutrzeba “wanted to share the story of what it’s truly like for immigrants trying to make it to the next day in the city, surviving solely on the love the characters share with each other.” It was shot and it’s presented as one long, single-take involving a Polish couple arguing at the morning in their apartment in the city. This is an impressive short, that played at a number of film festivals last year. It’s worth taking a moment to watch. ›››
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Vegetarian vengeance! I don’t even know how to begin to describe how much I loved this film. Spoor, also known as Pokot originally, is a film from Poland about an elderly former teacher who lives in a small town. She loves her two adorable dogs, but one day they go missing, and thus begins this thrilling story of animal lover vengeance. The cinematography in this film is STUNNING, some of the best since The Revenant, and I really mean that. Along with an incredibly unique score from Antoni Lazarkiewicz, and exceptional lead performance by Agnieszka Mandat-Grabka, this won’t be a film you forget. And that isn’t even the half of it – there’s so much I loved, and even if I can’t describe it all perfectly, I hope my enthusiasm is apparent. ›››
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“Blurs the line between documentary and fiction like few films before it.” The Orchard has released a trailer for a film from last year’s Sundance Film Festival, titled All These Sleepless Nights, a Polish docu-drama about the wild lives of carefree youngsters growing up in Poland. The film follows students Kris (Krzysztof Baginski) and Michal (Michal Huszcza) across two summers in Warsaw, who experience life to the limit spending all night at clubs and parties around the city. Described by The Film Stage as “a music-filled ode to the ever-shifting bliss and angst of youth”, this seems like a mesmerizing portrait of what life is like growing up in Europe in this day and age. This trailer is amazing, I’m totally into this and really, really want to see it. ›››
“All you need to do is have fun. The rest is easy.” Janus Films has debuted an official US trailer (red band for mermaid nudity) for a film titled The Lure, a wacky Polish indie about two mermaid girls who join a human band in Warsaw. Part comedy, part cabaret, part horror, part romance, you won’t find anything else like this film out there, though it may be a little too wacky for some. The cast includes Marta Mazurek, Michalina Olszanska, Kinga Preis, Andrzej Konopka, Jakub Gierszal, Zygmunt Malanowicz, Katarzyna Herman and Marcin Kowalczyk. I’ve been hearing about this film for a while, ever since it premiered at Sundance last year, and it’s destined to become a cult classic – catch it in theaters this winter. ›››
Continue reading Watch: Official US Trailer for Wacky Polish Mermaid Film ‘The Lure’
What’s this? Another musical about bloodthirsty mermaids forming a pop band in 1980s Poland? Ugh. The film industry is entirely bereft of original ideas. Time to pack it all up.
But in all seriousness, the trailer for director Agnieszka Smoczynska‘s The Lure is here and this is the kind of thing every single adventurous movie fan should put on their radar. Even if the film’s singular flavor doesn’t quite work for you, it’s the kind of experience you’ll never really forget.
Bound to frustrate as many viewers as it enraptures, The Lure tells the story of two mermaids named Golden and Silver who encounter a rock band on the beach and decide to follow them back to the club where they perform and join the group. What happens next really can’t be succinctly explained, but it involves catchy musical numbers, violent deaths, unexpected tragedy, and more than a few thinly veiled LGBTQ and immigration metaphors.
The NSFW trailer only hints at the bizarro nature of the entire movie.
No one’s going to dock The Lure any points for lack of originality. As far as I know, this is the world’s only Polish mermaid musical, so it’s a must-see for the novelty value alone. The logline should let you know if this movie should be on your radar: two mermaids join a human band. One of falls in love with the bass player while the other refuses to tone down her hunger for human flesh. Director Agnieszka Smoczynska does a fine job of blending the disparate elements together – this is a pop musical, a body horror movie, a creature feature, a tale of rock star excess, and a plot-free, lyrical journey powered more by images, ideas, and folklore than traditional storytelling. It’s all so very interesting and all so very watchable (the songs are incredible), but it never feels like a cohesive whole. Still, I would never discourage anyone from seeking this movie out, as it is far too weird and far too unique to dismiss.
But I’ll be honest and admit that the film has grown in my estimation since my initial viewing and that mixed capsule review. The Lure is a more challenging film than its bubbly, eccentric exterior suggests and I feel like I owe it another viewing. After all, the people who connected with The Lure really, really connected with it in ways that made me envious.
The Lure opens at the IFC Center in New York City on February 1, 2017 as part of a national rollout.
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