120 BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE) | FEAT. DIRECTOR Robin Campillo - PODCAST
120 BPM (Beats Per MInute) is a portrait of the early '90s Act Up AIDS activists in Paris and a stunningly intimate romance. It's one of the most critically acclaimed films of the last 12 months and it finally arrives on UK shores Friday 6 April, and we were lucky enough to speak to its director, Robin Campillo. Joining Sam in the studio to discuss the film are Irene Musumeci and Julien Allen (Reverse Shot).
As the AIDS epidemic tears through their community, the members of ACT UP Paris are fighting for survival. While they battle against governmental apathy, pharmaceutical greed and public ignorance, they also go out partying, debate politics and, occasionally, fall in love. One day, as 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, this vibrant and deeply emotional drama rushes with youthful energy, balancing powerful themes of social justice with euphoric moments of spine-tingling sensuality. Urgent and affecting, it’s a film about life, death, love, tragedy – and, above all, the will to survive.
Robin Campillo's 120 BPM (Beats Per Minute) arrives in cinemas Friday 6 April
If you can't make it to a cinema, you can watch it on demand from Friday 6 April