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Croisette High Tide: Dumont’s “Slack Bay” Disappears into Kino Lorber Slate

Not to be outdone by SPC and IFC (they just nabbed films Mungiu’s Graduation and the Dardenne’s The Unknown Girl), it pays to have longstanding relationship with world renowned auteurs and Richard Lorber can attest to this with his preemptive pick-up of Bruno Dumont’s latest. Starring Fabrice Luchini, Juliette Binoche and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, known as “Ma Louche” to French auds and Slack Bay internationally, Dumont has competed in the Main Comp twice and walked away with the Grand Prix award on both occasions: L’humanité (1999) and Flandres (2006).

Gist: Set in 1910 on the northern French Coast, where several tourists have vanished while relaxing on the beaches. Police inspectors soon realize that the epicenter of these mysterious disappearances must be Slack Bay, where the Slack River and the sea join at high tide and a small community of fishermen and oyster farmers live — among them, the Bréfort ferrymen, led by a patriarch nicknamed “The Eternal.”

Worth Noting: Lorber has distributed Life of Jesus, HumanitéFlandersCamille Claudel 1915 and last year’s miniseries, L’il Quinquin.

Do We Care?: Pleasantly surprised, and perhaps ill prepared by the tonal shift in L’il Quinquin (read our review),  Dumont certainly veers into high-end dramedy with this reunion with his Camille Claudel 1915 starlet.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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