short film
The Nixie
by Julia and Mai Bui-Ngoc

"Fantasy thriller for a young audience, when the old beliefs interfere in human affairs for good and ill."

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Project details

script : Julia Bui-Ngoc

director : Julia & Mai Bui-Ngoc

composer/music : Jarosław Jóźwik / Michał Chęć / Justyna Święs

producer : Marta Szarzyńska

genre : fantasy / thriller

duration : 19 min

language : Polish with English subtitles

premiere : 2018

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The short film, “The Nixie”, is a dark folk tale, based on an old Polish legend, immortalized by Adam Mickiewicz in a poem of the same name. It tells the story of a water nymph who takes on a human form to seduce a young man she encounters in the forest. Mesmerized, he makes a vow of love towards her, and the woman transforms back into the nymph to test his love. The young man, who does not know the nymph and woman are the same, succumbs to her mystical beauty and breaks his vow. The nymph then takes her revenge by swallowing him into the lake, where he will eternally remain as his punishment.

The film begins in a life-like world and slowly morphs into the fantastical as the line between the real and the mystical blur. A coming-of-age fairytale, “The Fairy of Switez Lake” is a modern, seductive, filmic poem with a catchy new wave soundtrack for this timeless cautionary tale.

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