La Haine & Les Miserables (15)
LA HAINE (1995) d. Mathieu Kassovitz Cast: Mathieu Kassovitz, Vincent Cassel, Said Taghmaoui - 98mins
A quarter of a century on, Kassovitz's uncompromising banlieue set masterpiece remains not only remarkably fresh but is perhaps more relevant than ever. Based on true events, the film follows 24 hours in the lives of three young men - Said, Vincent and Hubert - seeking answers and revenge for a case of alleged police brutality that has left a friend in a coma. Upping the ante is a loaded revolver that has turned up in the ensuing riots.
Set to a pulsating sountrack that only serves to add to the tension on screen, the film oozes outrage and injustice from each frame. Shot in razor sharp black and white, the film was released to wide acclaim. Kassovitz gathering Best Director at Cannes whilst French Prime Minister Alain Juppe arranged a special screening for his cabinet to better understand the sociological and racial tensions that existed in their country at the time.
A high water mark of 90's French cinema is presented here in a new 4K restoration.
LES MISERABLES (2019) d. Ladj Ly Cast: Djibril Zonga, Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti - 105mins
Stéphane has recently joined the Anti-Crime Squad in Montfermeil, in the suburbs of Paris. Alongside his new colleagues, he quickly discovers tensions running high between local gangs. When they find themselves overrun during the course of an arrest, a drone captures the encounter.
The truly visceral cinematic experience of Ladj Ly’s Les Misérables was inspired by the police brutality the director witnessed while growing up in the Paris banlieue. After winning the Cannes Jury Prize in 2019, this gripping, passionate debut is even more powerfully resonant and insightful today.
Our special thanks to British director, Edgar Wright, for kindly giving permission for us to screen some of his double bill selections that he curated during lockdown.
Running Time: 205 minutes