Robin Campillo’s Cannes Grand Prix winning drama is an engrossing look at a group of Parisian activists fighting the AIDS pandemic in the early 1990s.
A group of activists, go 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.
Director Campillo (The Class) confidently tackles the subject head on, delivering an exhilarating and often moving account of pivotal moment in history.
Running Time: 2hrs 23mins
BBFC Advice: 15
Director(s): Robin Campillo.
Country of Origin: France
Year of release: 2017
Language(s): In French with English subtitles.
Frontline is a monthly screening and discussion series tacking the big issues, engaging local partners and talking about the vital questions of our time.
Our first event will use the film 120 BPM to look at the power of direct action and the legacy of the direct action group ACT UP.
Find out more here.