At 17 years old, François Ozon was so inspired by a book named “Dance on My Grave” that he decided it would be his first film as an aspiring director. Now, 35 years on, he’s transposed this English teen romance to France and the heady “Summer of 1985”. Film critic Lisa Nesselson tells us why she was charmed by Ozon’s take on this same-sex love affair. We also check out an impressive and strange début from Algerian director Amin Sidi-Boumedine: “Abou Leila” revisits the dark days of Algeria’s civil war and blends Western codes with metaphysical visions.
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