ACMI presents:

BPM in Conversation

On Friday 2nd of March, ACMI and the Alliance Française invite you to a conversation about:



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(Please note this special event does not include a screening of BPM)

In partnership with the Alliance Française French Film Festival, ACMI invites you to join author Christos Tsiolkas for a conversation about queer activism and the HIV epidemic with BPM's co-writer, academic and activist Philippe Mangeot.

About The Conversation...

Philippe Mangeot co-wrote the 2017 Cannes Grand Jury Prize-winning film BPM, which will screen in the inaugural LGBTQI program at the 2018 Alliance Francaise French Film Festival. He was a member and former president of ACT UP-Paris, a militant association fighting against AIDs, and in 1997 he founded the journal Vacarme, where he was editor-in-chief 1999-2004.He is now a member of its editorial board. He also regularly contributes to Cahiers du cinéma.
Christos Tsiolkas is the Australian bestselling author of Barracuda, Dead Europe and The Slap.
The talk will be a unique opportunity to hear about the maelstrom of 90s AIDS activism in Paris, which forms the context for BPM.


2017 / Drama
Running time : 2h22
Director : Robin Campillo
Starring : Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel, Antoine Reinartz

Writer-director Robin Campillo’s BPM (Beats Per Minute) throws us into the milieu of sexual and political activism during François Mitterrand’s Government of the early 90's. As seen through the prism of the ACT UP movement in Paris, this film passionately illuminates the fight for social acceptance by people living with HIV in the face of drug manufacturers reluctant to expedite treatment breakthroughs.


Nathan (Arnaud Valois) joins the ACT UP collective and is immediately drawn to the radical and somewhat militant Sean (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, If You Saw His Heart, AFFFF2018), a 20-something man living with HIV. As their relationship develops, and Sean’s condition deteriorates, BPM evolves skilfully from documentary-style to intimate drama, in a way that has captured the hearts of audiences across France.

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