120 beats Per minute | 06 april
Winner of six César Awards and the Jury Prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, the film explores the lives of AIDS activists in early 90s Paris. 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 director Robin Campillo’s own experiences, this emotional drama balances powerful themes of social justice with euphoric moments. Urgent and affecting, it’s a film about life, death, passion, tragedy – and, above all, the will to survive. This film is supported by MEDIA Distribution Funding. The film follows the grassroots ACT UP campaign of agitation against a pharmaceutical company that refuses to reveal its findings on potentially effective new drugs. Against this backdrop, the HIV-positive Sean, one of the group’s founders, begins a tentative romance with gentle newcomer Nathan, who has tested negative for the virus.
Join Act Up Dublin for a special screening of 120 Beats per Minute in partnership with the IFI on Saturday 7th April. More information available here.
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