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Stranger By The Lake

Stranger By The Lake

Original Title: L'inconnu du lac
Directors: Alain Guiraudie
French with English Subtitles
97 min
World Cinema

In a secluded cruising spot tucked away on a picturesque lake, Franck notices the muscular Michel and quickly falls for him. Franck’s desire continues to grow even as he witnesses Michel commit a terrible, violent act. Aware of the potential danger, possibly even excited by it, Franck ignores the advice of his wary friend Henri and indulges his passion in this brilliantly observed, sharply insightful meditation on sex and desire that was awarded a directing prize at Cannes.

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Producer: Sylvie Pialat

Principal Cast: Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, Patrick d'Assumçao

Film Format: DCP

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Alain Guiraudie


Alain Guiraudie, born July 15 1964 in Villefranche-de-Rouergue (Aveyron), is an actor, director and writer. Born into a farming family, he developed a passion for very young folk culture. In 1990, he directed his first short film, HEROES NEVER DIE. In a style picaresque and the tone of the tale, he strives to represent the working class in the film THAT OLD DREAM THAT MOVES, winner Prix Jean Vigo and presented in 2001 at the Directors Fortnight. Jean-Luc Godard spoke on this occasion that it was the “Best Film at Festival de Cannes.” With his 4th feature film, STRANGER BY THE LAKE, Alain Guiraudie hit a homerun at the 66th Cannes Film Festival, earning the praise of many critics and winning the Best Director Award in the Certain Regard section. His other features has been selected three times in the past for the Directors’ Fortnight (in 2001, 2003 and 2009).

Screenplay: Alain Guiraudie

Producer: Sylvie Pialat

Editor: Jean-Christophe Hym

Principal Cast: Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, Patrick d'Assumçao

Production Companies: Les Films du Worso

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