BPM (Beats Per Minute)

Please Note: This film is no longer showing at Railroad Square Cinema

Best Foreign Film Of The Year—NY and LA Film Critics! Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes this year! “Robin Campillo’s gorgeous and ultimately heartbreaking film is a talky, discursive drama whose emotional power quietly accumulates. Campillo (who won a César for penning the 2008 festival smash THE CLASS) based BPM on his own experience with the Parisian branch of ACT UP, an American advocacy group famed for their political theater, firebrand tactics, and push for full disclosures in an age when, as their official motto memorably declared, silence really did equal death. Several lead characters emerge from the crowded protests and meetings he shoots in near-real-time verité style: Sean, a pocket firecracker with hooded Edith Piaf eyes; the gentle, brooding Nathan, the brusquely efficient Sophie, sweet teenage hemophiliac Marco. The movie moves between the tactical (methodically planning a guerrilla-style raid on an unresponsive pharmaceutical company, or arguing fiercely over what the slogan on the group’s float at a gay-pride parade should convey) and the deeply intimate”—Leah Goldblatt, Entertainment Weekly. In French with English subtitles. Unrated. 146 minutes.