English / Engelsk
120 Beats Per Minute
120 battements par minute
In the early 1990s, AIDS had already claimed countless lives in the most brutal manner. "Act Up Paris" was founded based on the same movement in the U.S., and the group mobilized forces to oppose society’s and the government’s general indi erence to the epidemic.
Robin Campillo’s film, winner of the Grand Prix, FIPRESCI and the Queer Palm at Cannes Film Festival this year, is set during this highly charged time. It follows newcomer Nathan’s meeting with "Act Up-Paris" and how his world is turned upside down a er he meets the radical and militant activist Sean.
Their relationship is at the heart of the story, but we also get to know the group and its activists, whose everyday lives are a constant battle to be seen and heard. Despite constant reminders of the deaths and despair caused by the epi- demic and frequent struggles within the group. This film is also a testament to the solidarity within the community, and the importance of not to succumb to despair, even in the darkest of times.