Festival de Cannes 70: Mathieu Kassovitz, 1995

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order.


Perhaps recognized primarily as a French actor, you will have seen Mathieu Kassovitz in the likes of The City of Lost Children, A Self Made Hero, Munich, and of course Amélie. But Kassovitz’s bravura achievement came in 1995, then in his mid-twenties, when he wrote and directed the brutal, brilliant La Haine (Hate), a small time crime feast trawling through the impoverished, multi-cultural French streets. A kinetic, social drama in many respects, La Haine is not shy in throwing society’s previlent themes of race and violence at us. Kassovitz apparently​ started writing his screenplay on the day of a real-life shooting, adding some personal history to the mix – and the rawness shows in his directing. At the 1995 Cannes Film Festival the young filmmaker Kassovitz earned himself a standing ovation,  as well as the Best Director prize. See the unforgettable movie if you haven’t already, so it can leave a lasting mark on you too.


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