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Félix Lefebvre (left) and Benjamin Voisin (right) in François Ozon’s Summer of 85. Courtesy of Music Box Films.
Félix Lefebvre (left) and Benjamin Voisin (right) in François Ozon’s Summer of 85. Courtesy of Music Box Films.

Following an opening weekend June 18 in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, François Ozon’s Summer of 85 expands to additional cities on Friday, June 25.

Adapted from Aidan Chambers’ classic novel “Dance on My Grave,” Summer of 85 is the story ofcAlexis (Félix Lefebvre) and David (Benjamin Voisin), whose seaside summer fling lasts just six weeks but casts a shadow over a lifetime. The film stars Félix Lefebvre, Benjamin Voisin, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, and Melvin Poupaud.

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 an ardent 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.

Adapted by François Ozon from Aidan Chambers’s groundbreaking LGBT young adult novel Dance on My Grave, Summer of 85 is a sexy, nostalgic reverie of first love and its consequences from one of France’s most versatile filmmakers.

Watch the trailer for Summer of 85.

In Theaters June 18

New York, NY (on 35mm!) // Los Angeles, CA // San Francisco, CA

Expands June 25!

Chicago, IL // Music Box Theatre (on 35mm!)
Atlanta, GA // Landmark Midtown Art
San Diego, CA // Landmark Hillcrest, Angelika Carmel Mountain
Encino, CA // Laemmle Town Center
Dallas, TX // Angelika Dallas
Plano, TX // Angelika Plano
Milwaukee, WI // Avalon Theater
Pheonix/Scottsdale, AZ // Shea Harkins 14
Portland, OR // Living Room Theaters
Washington, DC // Angelika Mosaic, Angelika Pop-Up, Avalon Theatre

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