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L’inconnu du lac

Stranger by the Lake
Film still from L’INCONNU DU LAC: Two men are lying in the grass.

Wed 03.08.

  • Director

    Alain Guiraudie

  • France / 2013
    97 min. / DCP / Original version with German subtitles

  • Original language


  • Cinema

    Arsenal 1

    zu den Ticketszu dem Kalender

An isolated lake in France where gay men meet to have anonymous sex and check each other out. Franck understands the place’s grammar of signs in intuitive fashion. One evening, he becomes the witness of a murder, but instead of reporting the murderer or staying away from him at least, his desire grows ever stronger. Cruising is more than just a plot device in Alain Guiraudie’s fairy-tale thriller. From the essential characteristics of gay cultural techniques—the clear dramatic structure of the gaze, the rush of sexual liberation, the giddiness of subtle danger—he develops a topography beyond bourgeois norms and full of seductive ambivalence. (Christian Weber) – “Between Franck’s knowledge and his desire, a huge abyss opens up and grows ever bigger, into which everything, even the world, will eventually disappear.” (Sascha Westphal, sissy)

Funded by:

  • Logo Minister of State for Culture and the Media