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The Lure: Horror Film Screening and Discussion

Friday, October 25, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us for a Gender Talk film screening of Polish director Agnieszka Smoczyńska’s The Lure (Córki Dancingu)!

This genre-defying horror-musical mash-up follows a pair of carnivorous mermaid sisters drawn ashore to explore life on land in an alternate 1980s Poland. The director gives fierce teeth to her viscerally sensual, darkly feminist twist on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” in which the girls’ bond is tested and their survival threatened after one sister falls for a human. A coming-of-age fairy tale with a catchy synth-fueled soundtrack, outrageous song-and-dance numbers, and lavishly grimy sets, THE LURE explores its themes of emerging female sexuality, exploitation, and the compromises of adulthood.

Please be aware that this film features graphic scenes with blood, surgery, sex, and nudity.

Following the screening, we will have a short discussion on the film’s themes, particularly regarding the mermaids’ relationship to gender, as outsiders to human society, and how it affects their relationship with their bodies. This discussion will be led by the Project Lead of Gender Talk, the SGDO’s monthly discussion group for trans, nonbinary and gender non-conforming students.

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4-4:30 | Join us for snacks before the film in the eating area adjacent to the food court in Robarts Library.
4:30-6 | Film screening in Media Commons Screening Room 1, located on the 3rd floor of Robarts Library
6-6:30 | Post-screening discussion immediately following film.

This building has an all-gender washroom available and is wheelchair- and scooter- accessible.


Friday, October 25, 2019
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Robarts Library, Media Commons Screening Room 1
130 St George St
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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