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.
‘Dance on My Grave’ was one of the first few young adult books published by a major publisher that depicts homosexuality without being judgmental and was included on ALA’s and other libraries’ list of books for gay teens. It has also been referred to in a number of books on children and young adult literature.
A selection at Cannes Film Festival and TIFF last year, François Ozon’s tragic romance ‘Summer of 85’ will now arrive in U.S. theaters perfectly timed with the summer season. Starring Félix Lefebvre and Benjamin Voisin as lovers in Normandy, Music Box Films has now released the U.S. trailer and poster.
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.
‘Summer of 85’ arrives in theaters on June 18.