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Shooting set to begin for 120 battements par minute

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- Robin Campillo brings together a cast led by Nahuel Perez Biscayart and Adèle Haenel for this third feature, a Les Films de Pierre production to be sold by Films Distribution

Shooting set to begin for 120 battements par minute
Director Robin Campillo

The first clapperboard for director Robin Campillo’s third feature film, 120 battements par minute (lit. “120 Beats per Minute”), is set to slam on 16 August. Having worked as an editor on all of Laurent Cantet’s feature films, Campillo also co-wrote the screenplays of the Palme d’Or-winning The Class [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Carole Scotta
interview: Laurent Cantet
film profile
]
(which also earned him the César Award for Best Adaptation), Heading South [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Laurent Cantet
interview: Robin Campillo
interview: Simon Arnal-Szlovak
film profile
]
, Time Out, Foxfire [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Laurent Cantet
film profile
]
, also by Cantet, and more recently, that of Planetarium [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Rebecca Zlotowski
film profile
]
by Rebecca Zlotowski. Campillo’s directorial debut, They Came Back, which was unveiled at Venice in 2004 as part of the Orizzonti line-up, went on to inspire the TV series The Returned. Presented in the same section of the Mostra nine years later, his second directorial effort, Eastern Boys [+see also:
trailer
interview: Robin Campillo
festival scope
film profile
]
, took home the section’s Best Film Award, before going on to receive three César nominations (including those for Best Film and Best Director). 

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The film’s cast features Argentine actor Nahuel Perez Biscayart (who made a name for himself in France in Deep in the Woods [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, was acclaimed for his role in Grand Central [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Rebecca Zlotowski
film profile
]
, won Karlovy Vary’s Best Actor Award in 2014 for All Yours [+see also:
film review
trailer
making of
interview: David Lambert
film profile
]
, and will appear next year in the titles Si tu voyais son coeur and Au revoir là-haut), rising star Adèle Haenel (winner of the 2015 César Award for Best Actress for her role in Love at First Fight [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Thomas Cailley
film profile
]
, as well as the 2014 César for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Suzanne [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Katell Quillévéré
festival scope
film profile
]
, at the top of her game in Ogres [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
and highly prominent at Cannes in The Unknown Girl [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
Q&A: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
film profile
]
, and who will shortly be appearing in Orphan [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
), Arnaud Valois (discovered in Charlie Says [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
and seen in The Girl on the Train [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
) and Antoine Reinartz (Quand je ne dors pas [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
).

Written by the director in collaboration with Phillippe Mangeot, the screenplay is an intimate self-portrait of the ACT UP activist group at the beginning of the 1990s, before the advent of triple therapies.

Produced by Hugues Charbonneau and Marie-Ange Luciani for Les Films de Pierre, 120 battements par minute is co-produced by Page 114 (Jacques Audiard’s company), France 3 Cinéma, Memento Films Production and FD Productions. While the rights to the film have already been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, it has also received backing from the CNC, in the form of an advance on receipts, the Centre-Val de Loire region and the Cofinova Sofica. The film’s shoot is scheduled to take place over nine weeks, until 14 October, across Orléans and Paris, with Jeanne Lapoirie on board as DoP. The film’s domestic distribution will be handled by Memento Films, while Films Distribution will take care of its international sales.

Titles on the Les Films de Pierre books include Eastern Boys, Abdellah Taïa’s Salvation Army [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(Venice Critics’ Week in 2013), J’aime regarder les filles [+see also:
trailer
interview: Lou de Laâge
film profile
]
by Fred Louf (unveiled at Toronto in 2011 in the Discovery section), L’illusion comique by Mathieu Amalric (2010) and the documentary Yves Saint Laurent: L’amour fou [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Pierre Thoretton (a Special Presentation at Toronto in 2010).

(Translated from French)

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