Prestige Sleaze: Stranger by the Lake

Stranger by the Lake

France | 2013 | 97 min. | Alain Guiraudie

June 13 - 23, 2024

Prestige Sleaze

At a cruising spot near a lake, Franck falls in love with Michael, a handsome and lethally dangerous man. Even though Franck is aware of this, he chooses to follow his passion.

In a secluded lakeside cruising spot, Franck becomes captivated by Michel, despite witnessing him commit murder. Drawn to Michel's dangerous allure, Franck navigates a world of desire and danger, where secrets and lust intertwine. As their forbidden romance deepens, Franck must confront the chilling reality of his lover's dark side.

  • Original Language Title: L’Inconnu du Lac
  • Director: Alain Guiraudie
  • Principal Cast: Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, Patrick d’Assumaço
  • Country: France
  • Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 97 min.
  • Producer: Sylvie Pialat, Benoit Quainon
  • Screenplay: Alain Guiraudie
  • Cinematographers: Claire Mathon
  • Editors: Jean-Christophe Hym
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  • Awards: Cannes Film Festival 2013 (Un Certain Regard: Directing Prize, Queer Palm)
  • Filmography: The King of Escape (2009) Time Has Come (2005) No Rest for the Brave (2003) That Old Dream that Moves (2001) Sunshine for the Scoundrels (2000)
  • Language: French
  • US Distributor: Strand Releasing
  • International Sales: Les Films du Losange