Writer-director Mathieu Kassovitz’s incendiary 1995 crime thriller La Haine is getting a new release by BFI Distribution for its 25th Anniversary. Kassovitz’s film will be re-released at London’s BFI Southbank and in selected cinemas across the UK on 11 September 2020, with a stunning new 4K restoration. The ground-breaking film will then hit Blu-ray on 16 November 2020.
La Haine is an intense and raw piece of cinema which packed a punch when it was released 25 years ago, but it’s still as vital and relevant today as it was then. Now is the time for this to be seen again.
La Haine stars Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Irreversible) as Vinz, who is Jewish, Hubert Koundé (The Constant Gardener) as Hubert, a black boxer, and Saïd Taghmaoui (Wonder Woman) 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.