Juliette Binoche in Slack Bay.

Sharmill Films has acquired Bruno Dumont’s Slack Bay (Ma Loute), starring Juliette Binoche, out of Cannes.

Slack Bay premiered in official competition, and is about the disappearances of tourists from a picturesque coastal community in the north of France in 1910, and the increasingly bizarre behaviour of the local townsfolk.

Binoche co-stars with Fabrice Luchini and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.

Dumont's credits include L'il Quinquin, Camille Claudel 1915 and Hors Satan.

The film received mixed reviews at Cannes, with THR's Todd McCarthy calling it "arresting" and The Telegraph's Tim Robey labelling the film "hard to swallow".

Slack Bay's rural period setting and its apparently idiosyncratic, darkly comic tone would suggest that Sharmill are shooting for The Dressmaker crowd, with Binoche subbing in for Kate Winslet.

No release date has yet been set.