Summer of 85

Été 85

Director: François Ozon
2020 | France | 100m
GENRE: Drama | Gay | Jewish | Romance | Youth (18 & Under)
SECTION: Drive-Ins | Narrative Features


Sneak Preview Screening. Two teenage boys find themselves fatefully linked together following a boating accident in this sun-kissed tale of summer flings, first love, and the thin line between passion and obsession. With a soundtrack featuring hits from The Cure, Bananarama, and Rod Stewart, the latest from French provocateur and Frameline Award winner François Ozon (Swimming Pool, 8 Women) takes a sexy, nostalgic trip back to the mid-1980s on the Normandy Coast.

In a remarkable twist of fate, budding writer Alexis (Félix Lefebvre, School’s Out, Frameline43) finds the kindred spirit he’s been looking for in the form of the suave and seductive David (Benjamin Voisin, The Happy Prince), who rescues Alexis when his boat capsizes. An unshakeable bond forms between the two, as Alexis is welcomed into the home of David and his inviting mother (Ozon regular Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) and the boys’ relationship moves beyond a mere friendship. Nominated for 12 Césars (the French equivalent to the Academy Awards), Summer of 85 is classic Ozon, with its gorgeous cast, picturesque locales, and treacherous undercurrent lying just beneath the surface.


Buying Note: This film will screen exclusively in-person on Wed, Jun 16 at FORT MASON FLIX Drive-In. It will not be available digitally to stream. Price is per car, not per person.


WayOUT LGBT Foundation, Alliance Francaise de San Francisco, 
LYRIC Center for LGBTQQ+ Youth

  • Language: In French and English with English subtitles