La Haine

  • Dir: Mathieu Kassovitz

  • France, 1995, French, 98 min, DCP

  • Cast: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui

The soaring temperature in Do the Right Thing (1989) similarly heats up the impoverished, multi-ethnic city of Paris, where three young men are pushed to their limit. Provoked by a friend victimized by police brutality, they resort to violence for revenge while being caught in riots driven by survival as much as by protest. Set in 19 consecutive hours, an urban realism captured through stark black-and-white cinematography exposes mounting racial and social tension from the police and the purists. A striking story with double vision, reflecting the past and is even more relevant now than ever.

Cannes Film Festival: Best Director

25/08/2019 (SUN): Film talk with Derek Lam



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