Francois Ozon’s latest film Summer of 85

Available now on VOD, DVD and Blu-ray

A TEENAGE BOY EXPERIENCES FIRST LOVE DURING ONE SPECIAL SUMMER IN FILMMAKER FRANÇOIS OZON’S SEXY, NOSTALGIC COMING-OF-AGE DRAMA, ADAPTED FROM AIDAN CHAMBERS’ GROUNDBREAKING LGBT NOVEL 

From one of France’s most prolific and versatile filmmakers, François Ozon (PoticheFrantzSwimming Pool), comes the acclaimed SUMMER OF 85, a wonderful and ardent reverie on first love and the impassioned influence it holds over those who experience it. It’s based the landmark 1982 LGBT young adult novel Dance on My Grave by British author Aidan Chambers. 

When Alexis (Félix Lefebvre) capsizes off the coast of Normandy, David (Benjamin Voisin) comes to the rescue and soon opens the younger boy’s eyes to a new horizon of friendship, art and sexual bliss. David’s worldly demeanor and Jewish heritage deliver a jolt to Alexis’s traditional, working class upbringing. After Alexis begins working at the seaside shop owned by David’s mother (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi), the two lovers steal every possible moment for a fugitive kiss, a motorcycle ride or a trip to the cinema. Their relationship is soon rocked by a host of challenges, including an unexpected sexual rival (Philippine Velge) and a romantic oath that transcends life itself.

Nominated for a staggering 12 César Awards, SUMMER OF 85 won the Jury Prize for “Best Feature Film” at Europe’s annual Merlinka Film Festival.

For 54-year-old filmmaker Ozon, the dream of making a film version of Chambers’s novel goes back more than three decades.

“I read the novel in 1985, when I was seventeen years old, and I loved it. It spoke to me personally. The book is playful and inventive. It has drawings, press clippings, changing points of view…,” Ozon offers. “I so much enjoyed reading it that when I started to direct short films, I thought, ‘If one day I make a feature film, my first will be an adaptation of this novel.’”

“It didn’t occur to me until now to make [SUMMER OF 85] because the truth is, more than anything, I wanted to see it as a moviegoer! And I was convinced that someone else was going to make it – an American filmmaker. But to my surprise, it never happened,” he added.


Following its lauded reception at a host of international festivals and ongoing theatrical roll-out to the U.S.’s top markets, SUMMER OF 85 will be released Blu-ray, DVD and VOD (iTunes, Amazon Instant, Vudu and YouTube) for the first time on August 17, 2021 (prebook July 13, 2021). The Blu-ray and DVD editions will carry the suggested retail prices of $34.95 and $29.95, respectively. 

Set to a sexy soundtrack by French music duo Air’s JB Dunckel that also features The Cure’s seminal 80s smash “In Between Days” and Rod Stewart’s indispensable 1975 ballad “Sailing,” SUMMER OF 85 speaks of a very special time in one young man’s coming-of-age when a six-week-long fling makes an indelible impression that will last for a lifetime. 

More information on SUMMER OF 85 may be found on the MUSIC BOX FILMS website at summerof85film.com.