120 BPM WEB
World Cinema

BPM Beats Per Minute

(BATTEMENTS PAR MINUTE)

Year 2017
Runtime 144 mins
Language French
Subtitles English

Robin Campillo’s award-winning drama portrays the plight of AIDS victims in France during the 1990s, based on his own experiences.

In 1990s France, living with AIDS could hardly be called a life at all. In a culture rife with misunderstandings, prejudice, and fear, the epidemic that swept the world in the decade before seemed unstoppable – unless people bravely stepped up to stop it themselves. One such group of activists was ACT UP, the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, which formed in New York in 1987 and quickly spread around the world, using protests, civil disobedience, and other tactics to draw attention to AIDS sufferers. Director Robin Campillo and co-writer Philippe Mangeot were part of the group’s Paris chapter, and this is their story.

Part biopic of their own experiences, part dramatic retelling of a story that must not be forgotten, 120 BEATS PER MINUTE highlights the fractures that appear when people are scared and uninformed about the issues they face. It is fresh off its world premiere at Cannes 2017, where it won four separate awards, including the prestigious Grand Prix.

Countries

France
Awards
FIPRESCI Prize; François Chalais Award; Grand Prize of the Jury; Queer Palm - Cannes 2017
Festivals
Cannes, Venice Days, International Cinephile Society Awards, London Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, San Sebastian Film Festival
Director
Robin Campillo
Producer
Hugues Charbonneau, Marie-Ange Luciani
Screenwriter
Robin Campillo, Philippe Mangeot
Cinematographer
Jeanne Lapoirie
Editor
Robin Campillo
Music
Arnaud Rebotini
Cast
Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel, Antoine Reinartz
Sound
Valérie Deloof