AKA 120 Beats Per Minute, Robin Campillo’s movie has gained a lot of buzz since its Cannes debut. At the festivals the movie won the Queer Palm for the best LGBT movie, the prestigious Fipresci award for the best film at the festival from the International Federation of Film Critics, and second biggest award at the fest, the Gran Prix. It’s since been chosen as France’s Oscar contender for the Besti Foreign Language Film Academy Award.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘In Paris in the early 1990s, a group of activists goes to battle for those stricken with HIV/AIDS, taking on sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies in bold, invasive actions. The organization is ACT UP, and its members, many of them gay and HIV-positive, embrace their mission with a literal life-or-death urgency. Amid rallies, protests, fierce debates and ecstatic dance parties, the newcomer Nathan falls in love with Sean, the group’s radical firebrand, and their passion sparks against the shadow of mortality as the activists fight for a breakthrough.’
The movie will be released in US cinemas from October 20th. It will arrive in the UK April 2018. Take a look at the new trailer below.