One of the movies in competition at Cannes this year is 120 Beats Per Minute, from Eastern Boys helmer, Robin Campillo. The film is a bit of a love letter to ACT UP, the HIV/AIDS activist group that Campillo himself was involved with himself during his youth. While we normally hear about what ACT UP did in the US, this movie focuses on the grassroots organisation in France.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘Early 1990s. 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.’
Take a look at the trailer for the movie below. No release date is currently set beyond an August debut in France. [Read more…]