BPM (Beats Per Minute) is France’s candidate for the Oscar

Photo from movie BPM

And so the adventure continues for BPM (Beats Per Minute). After being unveiled in competition at Cannes and winning the Grand Prix there, Robin Campillo’s LUX Prize finalist film, has been chosen from among the three shortlisted titles (the other two being Redoubtable by Michel Hazanavicius and Barbara by Mathieu Amalric) to represent France in the race for the next Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film, which will be handed out on 4 March 2018 (after the final selection of nominees has been made on 23 January).

Starring such names as Nahuel Perez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Antoine Reinartz, Adèle Haenel, Ariel Borenstein and Aloïse Sauvage, BPM (Beats Per Minute) (the screenplay for which was written by the director together with Philippe Mangeot) delves into the early 1990s and follows the story of a handful of Act Up-Paris activists who intensify their actions to fight against utter indifference, after AIDS has been claiming countless lives for nearly ten years.

The feature has already racked up 610,000 admissions in the 26 days since its release in French theatres, losing only 18% in attendance levels in its second week and 24% in its third. Playtime has sold BPM (Beats Per Minute) in around 40 territories, and its forthcoming USA release date is 20 October.

The film will be part of this year’s LUX Film Days, which are kicking off this month and will go on until next year.