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Stranger by the Lake

L’Inconnu du lac | Alain Guiraudie 2013
France | French with English subtitles | 97 minutes

Director Alain Guiraudie in person for Q&A on September 30!

Note: This page is for the NYFF51 screening of the film. For information on the theatrical release (opening January 24), click here.

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. A Strand Releasing release. Travel support generously provided by Unifrance.

Series: NYFF51: Official Selection

Venue: Francesca Beale Theater, Alice Tully Hall

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