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LA HAINE, the explosive mid-90s French crime thriller directed by Mathieu Kassovitz, will be re-released by BFI Distribution at BFI Southbank and in selected cinemas UK-wide on 11 September 2020 in a stunning new 4K restoration to mark 25 years since it stormed the film world. Alongside the release at BFI Southbank, a season, REDEFINING REBELLION, running from 1 September – 6 October, programmed by film journalist and critic Kaleem Aftab, will explore the influence of LA HAINE.
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.
After a standing ovation, writer/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.