BFI to release 4K restoration of ‘La Haine’ on Limited Edition Blu-ray & Digital on 23 November 2020!

The BFI will release a new 4K restoration of Mathieu Kassovitz‘s landmark crime drama, LA HAINE, in a Limited Edition (5,000 copies only) 2-Disc Blu-ray set on 23 November 2020, to celebrate the film’s 25th Anniversary.

The film will also be available on Digital on BFI Player, iTunes and Amazon Prime.

LA HAINE stars Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, and Saïd Taghmaoui.

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 hiphop soundtrack and graffitidaubed streets underscore the urgency and rebellion at the heart of this gamechanging classic.

Special Features

· 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): featurelength documentary marking the 10th anniversary of Mathieu Kassovitz’s awardwinning 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

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