BPM (Beats Per Minute)
120 Battements Par Minute
Bursting with unflinching energy, BPM (Beats Per Minute) serves up a fully realized portrait of urgency of the 1980s AIDs crisis.
Paris, 1990s. HIV/AIDS activists of ACT UP storm a conference, hurling fake blood and furious chants at stunned bureaucrats. It is the turning point of the AIDS movement, when sorrow erupts into furious action, and human lives hang perilously in the balance. Nathan, a newcomer to the group, has his world shaken up by Sean, a radical militant.
In this Cannes Grand Prix winner, director Robin Campillo proves a master of dialogue that snaps and crackles, pleasing to the ear but rousing to the heart. He mines personal experience, channeling the verve of the activists and unveiling a revalatory cast of young French actors in Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois and Adèle Haenel. BPM (Beats Per Minute) is a galvanizing indictment of political inaction, and a call to arms still resonating 25 years on.
Cast & Credits
Robin Campillo is a Moroccan-born French screenwriter, editor and director. Following his debut feature They Come Back (2004), he helmed Eastern Boys (2013), which received the Orizzonti Prize for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival. His frequent scriptwriting collaborations with director Laurent Cantet include Cannes Palme d’Or winner The Class (2008) and Un Certain Regard contender The Workshop (2017).
Hugues Charbonneau, Marie-Ange Luciani
Robin Campillo, Philippe Mangeot
Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel
• Grand Prix, FIPRESCI Prize, François Chalais Prize, Queer Palm, Cannes Film Festival 2017
• Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2017
• Official Selection, San Sebastian International Film Festival 2017