The lives of AIDS activists in early 1990s Paris are reimagined in bold and vivid detail in Robin Campillo’s enthralling Cannes-winning drama.
As the AIDS epidemic tears through their community, members of the Paris section of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) balance their fight for survival with a desire to live life to its limits. While they battle against governmental apathy, pharmaceutical greed and public ignorance, they party all night, passionately stand up for their rights and even fall in love. When outspoken radical Sean (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart) strikes up a conversation with shy newcomer Nathan (Arnaud Valois) they have no idea that their lives are about to change forever.
Based on the director’s own experiences, 120 BPM is a film about life, death and love A stunning and heart-wrenching drama, winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes 2017, this is an essential, profoundly moving and thrilling drama.