11/24/2017 17:30 – Caligari FilmBühne
France 2017 140 min original version with German subtitles
by Robin Campillo
Script: Robin Campillo, Philippe Mangeot, DoP: Jeanne Lapoirie, Editor: Robin Campillo, Stephanie Leger, Anita Roth, Production: Les Films de Pierre, France 3 Cinéma, Producers: Hugues Charbonneau, Marie-Ange Luciani, Cast: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel
“What the movie does, beautifully, and unfortunately, necessarily, is remind the viewer that the axiom ‘the political is personal’ is not a fluffball bromide to be set aside in the postmodern world. BPM recounts with precision an era in which people died in part because governments tacitly (and sometimes not tacitly) agreed worldwide that a particular virus was punishment for deviant behavior and thus not something that deserved urgent attention. (…) This movie demonstrates the humanity of these activists, people whose backs were against a wall. It does so with humor, compassion, affinity, and no condescension. Even if you consider yourself reasonably well-versed in the history, BPM is a kind of wake-up call, a cinematic alarm against complacency.” (Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com)
Robin Campillo was born in Morocco in 1962. In 1983, he went to study at the IDHEC (now called “La Femis”), where he met Laurent Cantet, with whom he has collaborated since the late 1990s as editor and co-screenwriter for the films TIME OUT (L’EMPLOI DU TEMPS) and THE CLASS (ENTRE LES MURS). In 2004, he directed his first feature film, THEY CAME BACK (LES REVENANTS). EASTERN BOYS, his second feature film, received the Orizzonti Prize for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival, and was nominated at the 2015 César Awards in the Best Film, Best Director and Best Newcomer categories.