The brilliant 1995 Mathieu Kassovitz film La Haine is returning to cinemas in 4k quality.
BFI Distribution announced that the explosive mid-90s French crime thriller will be re-released at BFI Southbank and in selected cinemas UK-wide on 11 September 2020 in new 4K restoration to mark 25 years since it stormed the film world.
The film, which stars Vincent Cassel as Vinz, who is Jewish, Hubert Koundé as Hubert, a black boxer, and Saïd Taghmaoui as Saïd, a young Arab; three friends in an immigrant community who mooch around a rundown banlieue in the Paris suburbs. The action takes place over the course of one day in the aftermath of riots that erupted as a consequence of an attack on a friend by police. With tension rapidly building and the police out on surveillance on the streets of the banlieue, prejudice and hostility inevitably brings about violence.
After a standing ovation, writer and director Kassovitz, just 27 at the time, won Best Director at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival for his visually bold and stylistically inventive black and white film with its cool hip-hop soundtrack. It may be 25 years old, but with its themes of social and economic divide and urban discontent, La Haine is just as distinctive now as it was then – a true modern classic.
Originally slated for UK re-release in May 2020, but postponed due to the closure of cinemas in March, this new release date, in the aftermath of the Black Lives Matter protests, makes the film even more relevant and timely.