Cannes Compétition Prospectus – BPM (Beats per Minute)

BPM (Beats per Minute)

Robin Campillo

France

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CRITICAL RESPONSE

“Bearing a closer resemblance to the social-realism of Campillo’s screenwriting with collaborator Laurent Cantet, which includes the Palme d’Or-winning high school drama “The Class.” Like that movie, the main narrative engine of “BPM” is talk — profound debates, casual chatter, furious showdowns — and the sturdy performances that bring it to life.” – Eric Kohn (IndieWire)

“The brilliantly edited finale takes your breath away and pummels you in its raw power… There’s no question that Campillo fully endorses the tactics on display as he, too, was a part of a similar group back in the early 90’s. His camera seems to be backing up the group every step of the way as they embark on a mission to have their message heard loud and clear.” – Jordan Ruimy (World of Reel)

“Robin Campillo’s third feature as a director confirms the old maxim that the more personal the material, the more authentic the drama… BPM (Beats Per Minute) is a moving, lump-in-the-throat love story but should also resonate on a political level as a testimony to the power of activism to awaken an indifferent world.” – Allan Hunter (Screen Daily)

PRIZE POTENTIAL

The strong, valid similarities to The Class, as well as writing credit on a previous Palme d’Or winner means Campillo is already on the map. I won’t mention the covered Golden Palm very often at all in these humble previews, but BPM (Beats per Minute) warrants it, and is a favorite to take it.

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