120 BPM

"Fly on the wall filmmaking at its best, this is pure cinema - an enthralling, enveloping experience that seizes you fully, effortlessly mixing politics, sex, life, death and art." ★★★★★ Empire

Showing Times

Wed 25 Apr 20:45

The lives of AIDS activists in early 90s Paris are reimagined in bold and vivid detail in 120 BPM (beats per minute, that is).  As AIDS tears through their community, the members of pressure group ACT UP Paris are fighting for survival.  They battle against government apathy, big pharma greed and public ignorance but life goes on:  they party, debate politics and, occasionally, fall in love. At the centre of the story is outspoken radical, Sean (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart), and his burgeoning relationship with shy newcomer Nathan (Arnaud Valois).

Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes 2017 and a host of international awards, this is a unique document of a time, with a moving and delicately crafted love story at its heart.  Based on the director’s own experiences, this deeply emotional drama pulses with vibrant youthful energy, balancing powerful themes of social justice with euphoric moments of spine-tingling sensuality. It’s an unmissable film about life, death, love, tragedy – and, above all, the will to survive.


Film Information

143 mins

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