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The personal gets political in these trenchant studies of group dynamics that offer at once intimate and panoramic views of French society. Both a moving love story and an electrifying vision of the power of collective action, Robin Campillo’s BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE) unfolds during the life-or-death struggle of the AIDS crisis as it traces the romance that blossoms between two men involved in the Act Up activist movement. Campillo cowrote and edited Laurent Cantet’s THE CLASS, a perceptive look at the social hierarchies and complex power dynamics at play within a multiethnic Parisian classroom that became the first French film in more than two decades to win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.