La Haine with DJ Dexter
For one night only and in association with the Melbourne Music Festival, La Haine returns to Melbourne screens with a live accompaniment by DJ Dexter from the Avalanches whose waxings will intertwine with the film as it happens in the cinema.
Originally released in 1995, La Haine
is nothing short of contemporary genius. Still as fresh today as the day it was made, La Haine
follows 24 hours in the world of three friends whose life in the housing projects on the outskirts of Paris meander aimlessly - until one discovers a gun lost by a cop in a riot the night before.
Brilliantly told and lensed, it plays out to a backdrop of fantastic hip-hop and streetscapes as the friends are drawn ever closer to a climax that no-one can and does expect. Along the way though there's a great amount of humour but not without tensions as they traverse the urban landscapes looking for nothing in particular.
What is so striking about this film though is its amazing "crispness" and mix of innocence and violence both at the same time. Lean and muscular, there is an enormous sense of truth in all the characters and situations as each tries to handle their aimless world in a different way.
Vinz (riotously played by Vincent Cassel) for instance looks for the Gangsta way through, Saïd (Saïd Taghmaoui) is the peacemaker while Hubert (magnetically portrayed by Hubert Koundé) looks toward pride and smarts to elevate himself out of the space.La Haine
truly is a masterpiece of contemporary European cinema and a complete blast on the big screen. Right from the opening sequence, it stakes its claim as an absolute must for all lovers of music and all lovers of cinema.
Presented in association with the Melbourne Music Festival