Summer of 85


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Film Info
Original Title:Été 85
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:World Cinema
LGBTQ+ Currents
Release Year:2020
Runtime:100 min
Print Source:Music Box Films
Director:François Ozon
Producer:Eric Altmayer
Nicolas Altmayer
Cinematographer:Hichame Alaouie
Screenwriter:François Ozon
Aidan Chambers (Novel)
Editor:Laure Gardette
Composer:Jean-Benoît Dunckel
Principal Cast:Félix Lefebvre
Benjamin Voisin
Philippine Velge
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
Melvil Poupaud
Isabelle Nanty
Laurent Fernandez


Summer, 1985: teenager Alexis is out sailing off the Normandy coast, when his boat capsizes and he is saved from drowning by 18-year-old David. Soon, there is a deep bond between the two, in this nostalgic, tense, and even delightfully campy tale from director François Ozon.

Told in flashbacks, Summer of 85 is the story of young Alexis, torn between studying or continuing his blue-collar job. After the boating incident, he follows David to his home, where things move fast--he meets the boy’s mother, is showered with gifts, and romance blooms. But soon this summer romance curdles into bizarre obsession, where nothing is what it seems. Shot in 16mm, Summer of 85 is, like many Ozon pictures, a visual feast, erotic, and a tremendous thrill. “Summer of 85 might find Ozon at his briskest and breeziest, but as a specifically gay loss-of-innocence parable, it shoulders an unspoken weight.” --Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph (UK)

Director Biography

François Ozon One of France’s most beloved directors, François Ozon many features include Sitcom (1998), Criminal Lovers (Les amants criminels) (1999), Water Drops on Burning Rocks (Gouttes d’eau sur pierres brûlantes) (2000), Under the Sand (Sous le sable) (2001), 8 Women (8 Femmes) (2002), Swimming Pool (2003), 5 x 2 (2004), Time to Leave (Le temps qui reste) (2005), Angel (2007), Ricky (2009), Hideaway (Le refuge) (2009), Potiche (2010), In the House (Dans la maison) (2012), Young & Beautiful (Jeune et Jolie) (2013), The New Girlfriend (Une nouvelle amie) (2014), Frantz (2016) Double Lover (L’Amant double) (2017), and By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019).