More awards for Campillo’s AIDS drama

Balibar and Varda also among Lumière winners

by Richard Mowe

Nahuel Pérez Biscayart  was named Best Actor at the Lumière Awards for 120 BPM (Beats Per Minute)
Nahuel Pérez Biscayart was named Best Actor at the Lumière Awards for 120 BPM (Beats Per Minute) Photo: Unifrance
The organisers of France’s answer to Hollywood’s Golden Globes, the Lumière Awards (discerned by members of the international press) have given six awards to 120 BPM (Beats Per Minute), Robin Campillo’s Aids activist drama that has been consistently picking up acclaim and prizes since its Cannes debut (and a Grand Prix award) last May.

The accolades bestowed at the 23rd edition of the Lumières in Paris included prizes for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actor for Nahuel Pérez Biscayart. Mathieu Amalric who had received four nominations, took away two prizes for Barbara - Best Actress for Jeanne Balibar, who played the iconic singer, and Best Photography for Christophe Beaucarne. Veteran Agnès Varda and her collaborator, simply known as JR, scooped Best Documentary award for the Oscar-nominated Faces Places.

Monica Bellucci and Jean-Paul Belmondo received special tributes at the Lumière Awards
Monica Bellucci and Jean-Paul Belmondo received special tributes at the Lumière Awards Photo: Lumiere Awards
At the ceremony Monica Bellucci was honoured alongside veteran actor Jean-Paul Belmondo, who received a standing ovation.

The awards in full:

Film: 120 BPM (Beats Per Minute)

Director: Robin Campillo, 120 BPM

Actress: Jeanne Balibar, Barbara

Actor: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, 120 BPM

Photography Christophe Beaucarne, Barbara

Screenplay: Robin Campillo and Philippe Mangeot, 120 BPM

Music: Arnaud Rebotini, 120 BPM

Female newcomer: Laetitia Dosch, Montparnasse Bienvenue

Male newcomer: Arnaud Valois, 120 BPM

Francophone Film: Insyriated (Une famille syrienne) - Philippe Van Leeuw (Belgium)

First Film: Until The Birds Return (En attendant les hirondelles) - Karim Moussaoui

Documentary: Faces Places - Agnès Varda and JR

Animation: The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales - Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert

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