Cannes: Strand Releasing Grabs 'Stranger at the Lake' for North America

Linconnu du lac Cannes Un Certain Regard Still - H 2013
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Linconnu du lac Cannes Un Certain Regard Still - H 2013

The psychological thriller premiered in the Un Certain Regard section.

North American rights to Alain Guiraudie's Stranger at the Lake (L’Inconnu du lac) have been picked up by Los Angeles-based Strand Releasing.

The psychological thriller, which premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the fest, stars Pierre Deladonchamps as Franck, a young man who find himself attracted to a man (Christophe Paou) who might be a killer.

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Films du Losange’s head of sales, Agathe Valentin, and Jon Gerrans from Strand Releasing brokered the deal in Cannes.

In THR's review of the film, critic Jordan Mintzer  writes:  "Set entirely in one summery location, this not-very-straight story of a man’s infatuation with a local killer is at once lighthearted and gloomy, passionate and pared-down, and despite some longueurs, it provides a powerful critique on the dangers of social isolation and care-free living."

Strand Releasing's other films currently include Sergei Loznitsa’s In the Fog, Carlos Reygadas Post Tenebras Lux and Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Mekong Hotel.