Interested in contemporary Polish cinema? Join us in Elektronik, for special Polish film screenings with English subtitles (look for positions with grey band in the repertoire on our site).

The lure
Córki Dancingu, dir Agnieszka Smoczńska, Drama, Poland 2015

One dark night, at water’s edge, a family of musicians encounter aquatic sirens Silver and Golden. After assuring the family that they won’t eat them, the winsome mermaids are recruited to join the Figs and Dates band at a neon-lit Warsaw dance club. When Silver becomes romantically entangled with a blonde bassist Mietek, the more cunning Golden, who cannot escape her bloodthirsty nature and assimilate, worries that her sister’s relationship will doom their shared dream of swimming to a new life in America.

This weird, wild, 1980s-set musical horror film wittily plays with the lust and repulsion the bewitching sisters create with their combination of Barbie doll smooth bodies and impressively long glittering mermaid tails. With a knack for both burlesque and the grotesque, first-time feature director Agnieszka Smoczyńska creates a world saturated in color and Europop slickness that twists with absurdity and drips with blood.

Call Me Marianna
Mów mi Marianna, dir Kaorlina Bielawska, Documentary/Drama, Poland 2015

The film centers on Marianna, an attractive 40-year-old woman who has just sued her parents in order to obtain a sex change. Alienated by her mother and neglecting her best friends, she seeks refuge in a theater group where she comes to make sense of her situation by rehearsing a play based on her past.

When the days to the operation loom over her, Marianna kindles an unlikely romance with an older gentleman who offers her a ray of hope, but she remains confronted with the idea of losing what she holds dearest to her — her family — and she must face the chilling reminder of the sacrifices people take to be themselves. The film is described as “an homage to freedom of identity and the unpredictable twists and turns life can offer.”