Stranger by the Lake


Film runs
Fri, Jan 24
Thu, Feb 13

Stranger by the Lake
L'inconnu du lac | Alain Guiraudie, 2013
France | French with English subtitles | 97 minutes

Winner of a directing prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Alain Guiraudie’s exploration of death and desire unfolds entirely in the vicinity of a gay cruising ground that becomes a crime scene. Franck (Pierre Deladonchamps) is a regular at a lakeside pickup spot, where he finds companionship both platonic and carnal. But his new paramour Michel (Christophe Paou) turns out to be a love-’em-and-leave-’em type, in the deadliest sense... Guiraudie has long been a singular voice in French cinema: anti-bourgeois, at ease in nature, a true regionalist and outsider. Here he captures naked bodies and hardcore sex with the same matter-of-fact sensuousness that he brings to ripples on the water and the fading light of dusk.

Now nominated for eight Cesar Awards including Best Film, Best Director and Best Male Newcomer!

Cannes Film Festival 2013
Toronto International Film Festival 2013
New York Film Festival 2013
Sundance Film Festival 2014

"The #1 film of the year!" —Cahiers du Cinema

"Absorbing and intelligent." —Boyd van Hoeij, Variety

"Thoughtful and provocative." —Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily

"An absorbing contemplation on love, sex, desire, and murder." —Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter

Series: Alain Guiraudie: King of Escape

Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

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