French Foreign-Language Oscar Selection Features Breakout Performance by Nahuel Perez Biscayart

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Nahuel Perez Biscayart in French film 'BPM (Beats per Minute).'

The Paris-based actor, mostly unknown to U.S. moviegoers, plays an ailing AIDS activist in 'BPM (Beats Per Minute).'

WHO

Nahuel Perez Biscayart in French film BPM (Beats per Minute), out in New York on Oct. 20 and Los Angeles on Nov. 3.

WHERE YOU'VE SEEN HIM BEFORE

You probably haven't. The 31-year-old Argentina-born, Paris-based actor has appeared in several French and Latin American films, few of which have reached U.S. shores.

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE NOW

His performance as an ailing activist in Robin Campillo's searing drama about AIDS advocacy group ACT UP in 1990s Paris (France's official submission for the foreign-language Oscar) electrified Cannes, where the film won the second-place Grand Prize. "[Biscayart] is a wildly charismatic presence, and his [character] Sean gives the movie a molten center," wrote THR critic David Rooney in his review.

HIS DREAM COLLEAGUES

Among actors Biscayart would love to work with are Naomi Watts, Tom Hardy, Julianne Moore and Saoirse Ronan. As for directors, Paul Thomas Anderson, Lynne Ramsay, Sean Baker, Jim Jarmusch, Andrea Arnold, Kenneth Lonergan, Richard Linklater and Yorgos Lanthimos top his list.

HIS VIEW ON LGBT REPRESENTATION IN HOLLYWOOD FILMS

Unlike many of their American counterparts, Biscayart tells THR, most French actors, writers, directors and producers "don't consider it radical or bold to tell queer stories and don't even think about how that could affect their careers."

This story first appeared in the Oct. 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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