Film - CineMasters Competition Filmfest 2021


Directed by François Ozon


Director: François Ozon
Section: CineMasters Competition
Country: France
Year: 2020
OT: ÉTÉ 85
Language: French
Version: Original version with German subtitles
Cast: Félix Lefebvre, Benjamin Voisin, Philippine Velge, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Melvil Poupaud


A charming and self-referential coming-of-age drama that picks up where the director’s earlier films left off.

It’s 1985, and 16-year-old Alexis and his parents have moved to a picturesque village on the coast of Normandy. One day during the hot summer, a sudden storm capsizes Alexis’s tiny sailboat. His miraculous rescue by a charismatic 18-year-old named David sparks a deep summer love affair, but after a few weeks there is trouble in paradise. Events come to a head, and Alexis has to keep one last promise. This latest film by celebrated French director François Ozon alternates playfully between romance, melodrama, and comedy.

You'll find a Q&A with SUMMER OF 85 actor Félix Lefebvre here.

You can buy tickets for the screening in the associated cinema ASTOR Filmlounge im ARRI here.

Meet the director


François Ozon

François Ozon is one of the foremost directors of European art house cinema. Born in Paris in 1967, he received his background in film studies at the University of Paris and La Fémis film school in the French capital. Ozon’s breakthrough came with the murder mystery musical 8 WOMEN (2002), which earned several awards for the cast and a Lumière Award for best director. Ozon’s psychological thriller SWIMMING POOL (2003) was also nominated for numerous awards. Further productions included POTICHE (2010), IN THE HOUSE (2012), YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL (2013), THE NEW GIRLFRIEND (2014), and the French-German co-production FRANTZ (2016). Most recently, Ozon presented BY THE GRACE OF GOD (2018), a drama about men in search of justice for their sexual abuse by a priest. SUMMER 85 is Ozon’s 19th feature film.


Screenplay: François Ozon
Director of Photography: Hichame Alaoui
Film Editor: Laure Gardette
Costume Design: Pascaline Chavanne
Sound: Brigitte Taillander
Sound design: Jean-Paul Hurier
Producer: Éric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer
Production Company: Mandarin Production
Distributor: Wild Bunch Germany GmbH