Dir: Mathieu Kassovitz. With: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Kounde, Said Taghmaoui. France 1995. 98 mins. French with English subtitles.
A live underscore to Mathieu Kassovitz’s classic took place at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts as part of CINECITY 2018.
24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot. Main characters Vinz, Said and Hubert, all coming from different ethnic backgrounds, have grown up in the same dangerous suburb where deep-rooted diversity coupled with a racist police force have raised tensions to breaking point.
Asian Dub Foundation’s live rescore was first performed at the Barbican Centre in 2001. The fact that this project has been in constant demand since its original creation is a testament to the continuing relevance of Kassovitz’s stunning vision and Asian Dub Foundation’s tireless development of the live soundtrack medium. Following the film there was a 30-minute set from the musicians performing La Haine along with Nathan ‘FluteBox’ Lee, who plays in the full touring ADF band.