La Haine (15)

Saturday 10th October 2020

Dir. Mathieu Kassovitz, France, 1995, 98 mins, subtitled. Cast. Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui

Mathieu Kassovitz throws a cinematic Molotov cocktail at structural racism, police brutality and media manipulation. Turning the camera away from iconic Paris to the concrete banlieue, Kassovitz’s second film as a director changed the cultural landscape of French cinema when it landed at the Cannes Film Festival in 1995, where it won the Best Director prize. Taking place over the 24 hours following the police shooting of a young man, Kassovitz shows the world through the eyes of three friends, Arab, Jew and Black, frustrated at politicians and the media excusing police brutality. The black-and-white visuals, thumping hip-hop soundtrack and graffiti-lined streets underscore the urgency and rebellion at the heart of this game-changing classic and this new restoration shows how the film has lost none of its power, feeling more relevant than ever in 2020.

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 Saturday 10th Oct 2020  7:00pm Socially Distanced
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