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Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights to period comedy “Slack Bay,” which will premiere in competition next month at the Cannes Film Festival.

Starring Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini and Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, the film will be director Bruno Dumont’s third film to premiere in competition at Cannes, where he previously won the Grand Prix with “Humanité” and “Flanders.”

“Slack Bay” is 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.”

The film is produced by 3B Productions and co-produced by Arte French Cinema, Pictanovo and Twenty Twenty Vision in association with CNC, Canal +, Arte/WDR and Region Nord Pas de Calais. World sales are being handled by Memento Films International.

Dumont’s murder mystery “Li’l Quinquin” premiered at Cannes in 2014.

Richard Lorber of Kino Lorber said, “We have had a long and fruitful relationship with Bruno Dumont beginning with his early films ‘Life of Jesus’ and ‘Humanité’ through his more recent films such as ‘Flanders’ and ‘Camille Claudel 1915.’ And last year we took the leap with him into laughter with his 4-hour masterwork, ‘L’il Quinquin.'”