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120 BPM

120 Battements Par Minute

Pulsating with life and pounding with urgency, this rousing, heartbreaking celebration of political activism is a modern queer classic.


Dir Robin Campillo
Prod Hugues Charbonneau, Marie-Ange Luciani
Scr Robin Campillo, Philippe Mangeot
With Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel
Certificate 15
UK Distribution Curzon Artificial Eye

Drawing on personal experience, Robin Campillo’s extraordinary account of AIDS activist group ACT UP-Paris in the 1990s begins at a group meeting. As members discuss action and strategy, a small gang of fresh recruits, including HIV-negative Nathan, are welcomed into the fold. As Nathan becomes more involved in ACT-UP’s activities – from closed-off gatherings to direct action in medical labs, school playgrounds and political rallies – he embarks on a life-changing romance with outspoken group member Sean. With much of the drama taking place in the meeting space, Campillo’s film thrives on the power of discourse. But far more than a cerebral account of political action, this is a deeply emotional and bracingly sensual film, which ignites the heart and body just as much as it incites the mind.

Michael Blyth

Additional information

Contains flashing images

The introduction/Q&A will be BSL interpreted at the screening on Sat 24 March.

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Robin Campillo, Director-Screenwriter

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