French AIDS activism drama 120 Beats Per Minute was awarded one of the top honours by critics at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
The French-language film, by out writer/director Robin Campillo, depicts a group of HIV/AIDS activists in the Paris branch of advocacy group ACT UP as they battle the government and the pharmaceutical industry in the 1990s.
The film was awarded the Grand Prize by the International Federation of Film Critics at Cannes over the weekend, as critics hailed it as “a vital new gay classic,” “a vitally erotic, moving ode to activism,” and a blending of “the personal, the political, and the erotic to heart-bursting effect.”
Campillo said, via Variety: “I am immensely touched to receive the Fipresci Prize and above all by the support the international press has given my film, underscoring that however minoritarian the advocacy action may have been, it had a universal dimension.
“Beyond the struggle of ACT UP Paris, 120 BPM is above all a film I wanted to make where the force of words transforms into pure moments of action, while the body held out.”
Cannes’ Palme d’Or award, decided by the festival’s jury, was awarded to Ruben Östlund’s The Square on Sunday.
Watch the trailer for 120 Beats Per Minute below: