The Grand Prix winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, BPM (Beats Per Minute) is a cinematic memoir about ACT UP that transcends the facts of history. It is fictional film based on real life events in France in the early 90s. With AIDS having already claimed countless lives for nearly ten years, ACT UP Paris activists multiply actions to fight general indifference. Nathan, a newcomer to the group, has his world shaken up by Sean, a radical militant, who throws his last bits of strength into the struggle. Directed by Robin Campillo.
France / subtitles / 140 minute WATCH THE TRAILER
The beauty of the bracing, passionate French drama ‘BPM (Beats Per Minute)’ lies in its willingness to embrace life in all its messiness, its refusal to pretend that the personal isn’t also political and vice versa. -LA Times
BPM is emotionally transformative. Campillo has taken his own experience as an ACT UP organizer and turned it into the best kind of cinematic memoir, a cathartic invocation of a lost moment. -Slate
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