Summer of 85 (2020)

Director: François Ozon Run Time: 101 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2020

Starring: Benjamin Voisin, Félix Lefebvre, Melvil Poupaud, Philippine Velge, Valeria Bruni‑Tedeschi

Country: France
Language: French, English

About the film:

Official Selection of Cannes and Toronto 2020. 

When Alexis capsizes off the coast of Normandy, David comes to the rescue and soon opens the younger boy’s eyes to a new horizon of friendship, art, and sexual bliss. After spending every possible moment together, their relationship is rocked by a host of challenges, including an unexpected sexual rival and a romantic oath that transcends life itself.

About the filmmaker:

Celebrated French director and screenwriter François Ozon crafts unconventional stories that radiate with sexual energy and explore the darker emotions in human relationships. Differing in genre, content, and style, Ozon’s films have screened at Berlin, Venice, Toronto, San Sebastian, and Cannes, and include Swimming Pool, Under the Sand, 8 Women, and In the House. He recently won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2019 Berlinale for By the Grace of God.

Set in the year when Ozon turned 18, Summer of 85 — adapted from Aidan Chamber’s 1982 young adult novel “Dance on My Grave” — was shot in 16mm to capture the nostalgia of the time period, often with Ozon himself behind the camera. Read more here.

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