BPM (Beats per Minute) (120 battements par minute)



Sequoia 2 Sun, Oct 8, 2017 8:15 PM
Rafael 1 Thu, Oct 12, 2017 3:45 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:143 min.
Director:Robin Campillo
Producer:Hugues Charbonneau
Marie-Ange Luciani
Screenwriter:Robin Campillo
Philippe Mangeot
Cinematographer:Jeanne Lapoirie
Editor:Robin Campillo
Cast:Nahuel Pérez Biscayart
Arnaud Valois
Adèle Haenel
Print Source:The Orchard
Note Writer:Rod Armstrong


Robin Campillo's unforgettable film, winner of the Grand Prize at Cannes, depicts the dynamics of the Paris chapter of ACT UP, the direct-action advocacy group committed to ending the AIDS crisis, alongside the heartrending personal moments generated by an epidemic laying waste to men and women in the prime of life. Set in 1989, the opening throws the viewer right into one of ACT UP's fraught meetings as members review a recent action that goes awry. But BPM is not just a drama of activism. There is also a passionate love story, as the HIV-negative Nathan falls head over heels for Sean whose health is beginning to fail. Campillo's vibrant fresco contrasts righteous protests against Big Pharma, celebratory Pride parades, and redemptive nights at the disco with quieter moments of intimacy and struggle. BPM is a breathtaking, deeply moving, immersive piece of cinema, vibrant with the immediacy and passion of something happening in the moment.

In association with Frameline.

Additional Information

Director, editor, and screenwriter, Robin Campillo attended La Fémis film school in the early 1980s. With Laurent Cantet, he co-wrote Time Out (2001)Heading South (2005) and The Class (2008), which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the César for best adaptation. They Came Back, his first film as director, was released in 2004 and was the inspiration for the series of the same name produced by Canal+. In 2013, Campillo wrote, edited and directed his second film, Eastern Boys, which won best film award in the Venice Film Festival’s Orizzonti sidebar, along with best film award at the Santa Barbara Festival. He co-wrote The Workshop, the new film by Cantet which screened this year in Un Certain Regard, and sent a shockwave along the Croisette with his new feature, 120 BPM, which won the Grand Prix at the Festival de Cannes.