Director: Vladan Nikolic
Country: USA, Serbia
Synopsis: Based on true stories, ALLURE focuses on five women in New York, who have come from different countries and settings. Each one struggles to overcome her personal conflict, set against the Occupy Wall Street movements of 2011. These separate, but intersecting multi-ethnic storylines touch and inform each other, and create a larger narrative about gender, emigration, power, class, and personal politics.
ALLURE is a process-driven film, where filmmakers and performers (actors and non-actors) worked together through a series of improvisations to flesh out the story and protagonists. Some scenes were shot with actors participating in the actual Occupy Wall Street protests. The film’s representation of different nationalities, races and languages mirrors the global diversity of New York. The eclectic cast includes seasoned international performers, such as Madeleine Assas (from Godard’s For Ever Mozart), Didier Flamand (100+ films, including Wings of Desire, Code Unknown, Les Choristes…), as well as Estonian actress Diana Lotus, Isaach de Bankole’s daughter Aisha de Bankole in her first major film role; featured cameos by the Mexican director Patricia Arriaga, actor/filmmaker and provocateur Caveh Zahedi, and first-time performers and non-actors from over a dozen different countries.