The LGBT Films of AFI Fest
BY Daniel Reynolds
November 07 2013 7:00 AM ET
Stranger by the Lake
Blue Is the Warmest Color is not the only LGBT film of note from the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Stranger by the Lake, a French drama directed by Alain Guiraudie, also received acclaim from jurors, who honored it with the Queer Palm award. Guiraudie also won Best Director the Contemporary World Cinema section of the festival. The film follows the story of Franck (Pierre Deladonchamps) and his flirtation with Michel (Christophe Paou), a handsome man he encounters on a beach that gay men frequent for flirtation and sunbathing. Summer loving quickly turns sour, however, when Franck witnesses Michel drowning another man in the lake, an act he keeps a secret, in order to protect the man with whom he has fallen in love. An investigation into the murder ensues, and as suspicions run high, Franck must walk the razor-thin line between fear and infatuation. Screens Sunday at 6:15 p.m. at TCL Chinese Theaters, 6801 Hollywood Blvd.
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