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.
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.