SLACK BAY by Bruno Dumont

Sat 27 May, 2017 - Sun 11 Jun, 2017

Summer 1910. The bourgeois and extremely eccentric Van Peteghem family—among them Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini, and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi—have settled in for another summer at their cliff-top villa overlooking the picturesque Slack Bay. Their leisurely rhythm of sunbathing and seaside constitutionals is soon interrupted by the arrival of two bumbling inspectors investigating a string of tourists gone missing (and serving full-on Keystone Kops). As the macabre mysteries mount and love blossoms between the family’s genderqueer teen and the son of a local fisherman, Binoche and company ratchet the slapstick up to eleven. It’s no wonder director Bruno Dumont (Li’l Quinquin, Camille Claudel 1915) cites Peter Sellers, Monty Python, and Laurel and Hardy as cinematic influences for his delightful foray into winking, absurdist farce.  (In French with English subtitles)

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Cannes Film Festival

One of the Best Films of the Year Cahiers du Cinema

“OUTRAGEOUS! A HIGH FARCE…Suggest’s Buñuel’s L’Age d’Or by way of Godard’s Weekend.”-Eric Kohn, IndieWire

“Everyone seems to have drunk their bodyweight in abisynthe.”

-Peter Bradshaw, the Guardian

“A WORK OF MADCAP INSPIRATION!”-Jordon Cronk, Film Comment

“SUBLIMELY DERANGED!”-Nigel Andrews, Financial Times

“COMPLETELY OFF THE WALL!”-Andrew Picard, Cinema Scope

Directed by BRUNO DUMONT/France/2016/2hr, 2mins.

With Fabrice Luchini, Juliette Binoche, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
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