Cannes Grand Prix winner 120 BPM comes to HOME Mcr
CANNES GRAND PRIX WINNING FILM “120 BPM” LAUNCHES IN MANCHESTER WITH SPECIAL EVENTS
Cannes Grand Prix winner 120 BPM comes to HOME on Friday 6th April 2018 and will launch with a special arts event created by Instigate Arts and Manchester’s LGBTBQI film club Make A Scene, celebrating the film, AIDS activist group ACT UP and queer activism in Manchester.
The lives of AIDS activists in early 90s Paris are reimagined in bold and vivid detail in 120 BPM, a stunning and heart-wrenching drama from the writer of Palme d’Or winner The Class, Robin Campillo. Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes 2017 and a host of international awards, this is an essential work of cinema with a profoundly moving and delicately crafted love story at its heart.
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 the director’s own experiences, this vibrant and deeply emotional drama rushes with youthful energy, balancing powerful themes of social justice with euphoric moments of spine-tingling sensuality. Urgent and affecting, it’s a film about life, death, love, tragedy – and, above all, the will to survive.
The film is released at HOME, Manchester on Friday 6th April and will be followed a special screening on Tuesday 10th April at 17.40 with an introduction by Dr Monica Pearl Lecturer in 20th Century American Literature at the University of Manchester whose work specializes in AIDS in literature and on screen. After this special show (and before the next screening of the film at 20.00) Instigate Arts and Manchester's LGBTQI film club Make A Scene welcome everyone to get inspired by the film and get hands with some of Manchester’s most inspiring artists and activists at an ACT UP inspired Art Jam. Socialise, have a drink in the bar, talk with others and make some work. The Art Jam is free to attend - No experience or ticket is necessary and everyone is welcome.
Come and jam with Monica Pearl, Jez Dolan - whose practice explores queerness and identity through the codification of language, Anne Louise Kershaw - artistic director of Instigate Arts, Gary James Williams - producer of Make A Scene film club and Greg Thorpe, Curator, Writer and Project Manager for Superbia, Representatives from HIV charity George House Trust will also be on hand to discuss how you can get involved in the charity’s work. Music will be provided by Drunk At Vogue DJ Thom Docking playing a soundtrack of 80s and 90s dance music inspired by the film.
Be sure to check out the astonishing, inspiring 120 BPM and take advantage of this exciting free event.
Tickets are on sale NOW for the special screening at HOME. The ACT UP Art Jam is free to attend for all, no ticket to the film necessary,