120 BPM, directed by Robin Campillo, depicts the engagement of the organisation Act Up against the ravage of AIDS (and general indifference) in the beginning of the 1990’s.
The film received the Special Jury Prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and has since been critically acclaimed by the likes of the Guardian calling it "tragic, urgent and full of cinematic life”.
The accompanying original soundtrack, composed by French musician, Arnaud Rebotini, includes original compositions by Rebotini as well as his remix of "Small Townboy" by Bronski Beat and won Rebotini the Cesar Award for Best Original Score this year.
The soundtrack is central to the movie – house music, and then techno, spread around the same time as the HIV virus. For a whole generation of the 1990’s, clubbing was a kind of therapy, a communion during which one could forget and put his worries aside.
“This OST makes the whole balance of the movie. In fact, it’s closely tied to the film’s title : ‘120 Beats Per Minute’ – the natural tempo of the human heart and of house music, the music that was driving us at a time when we had no more hope. The most important musical movement of the past 30 years”