A film by Mathieu Kassovitz
Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui
Limited Edition (5,000 copies only) 2-disc Blu-ray released on 23 November 2020 with simultaneous release on BFI Player, iTunes and Amazon Prime
See the 2020 trailer here.
Turning the camera away from iconic Paris to the concrete banlieue, Mathieu Kassovitz’s second feature as a director changed the cultural landscape of French cinema when it landed at the Cannes Film Festival in 1995, winning the Best Director prize. After its 25th Anniversary re-release in 4K, by BFI Distribution in September, it now comes to BFI Blu-ray in a Limited Edition 2-disc set. With over 5 hours of new and archival extras including a new interview with Mathieu Kassovitz and an 80-page book, this is an absolute must for all fans and a great Christmas gift that will sell out fast.
The film takes place over 24 hours following the police shooting of a young man from a deprived housing estate, and shows the world through the eyes of three friends – one North African, one Jewish and one black – who are frustrated with politicians, the media and police brutality. Black and white visuals, a thumping hip-hop soundtrack and graffiti-daubed streets underscore the urgency and rebellion at the heart of this game-changing classic.
• New 4K restoration supervised by director of photography Pierre Aïm
• Audio commentary by Mathieu Kassovitz (2004)
• Redefining Rebellion (2020, 5 mins): film critic and programmer Kaleem Aftab explores the spirit of revolution in La Haine
• Screen Epiphany: Riz Ahmed introduces La Haine (2020, 14 mins): the award‑winning actor talks about his connection to the film
• Interview with Mathieu Kassovitz (2020, 35 mins): a new interview with the actor, writer and director
• Three short films by Mathieu Kassovitz: Fierrot le pou (1990, 7 mins): a young man shoots hoops (or tries) in a gym, in an effort to impress a young woman; Cauchemar blanc (1991, 10 mins): a group of white men carry out a racist attack in the banlieue; Assassins (1992, 12 mins): Kassovitz’s short film that he later developed into the feature Assassin(s) in 1997
• 10 Years of La Haine (2005, 84 mins): feature-length documentary marking the 10th anniversary of Mathieu Kassovitz’s award-winning film
• Casting and rehearsals (1995, 19 mins)
• Anatomy of a Scene (1995, 7 mins): a look at the shooting of a particularly challenging scene
• Behind the scenes (1995, 6 mins): Kassovitz, his cast and crew prepare to embark on making La Haine
• Colour deleted and extended scenes (1995, 17 mins): including afterwords by Mathieu Kassovitz on selected scenes
• Original trailers
• 25th anniversary trailer
• 80-page book featuring new writing by Ginette Vincendeau and Kaleem Aftab, an interview with Mathieu Kassovitz, archival essays and reviews, and more
RRP: £24.99 / Cat. no. BFIB1387 / 15
France / 1995 / black and white / 98 mins / French language, with English subtitles / original aspect ratio 1.85:1 // BD50 x 2 | 1080p, 24fps + 720p, 50fps (selected special features): Disc 1: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, PCM 2.0 stereo audio (48kHz/24-bit) / Disc 2: Dolby Digital 2.0 audio (320kbps)
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