1994, 128 min, France, Dir: Mathieu Kassovitz

Hit man Mr. Wagner (Michel Serrault) takes pride in his work; killing isn't just a way of making a living for him, it's a craft. As the aging Wagner feels time slipping away from him, he becomes determined to pass along what he knows - but his new protege Max (Mathieu Kassovitz) isn't quite the apt pupil Wagner expects. Director and star Kassovitz follows up his extraordinary LA HAINE with another potent meditation on violence and morality. In French with English subtitles.

1995, Universal, 98 min, France, Dir: Mathieu Kassovitz

French Cesar-winning film LA HAINE depicts the life of young adults in the impoverished French suburbs. Focusing on three young men who make a living from petty crimes and small time drug dealing, the story takes place after a riot during which their friend is brutally assaulted by policemen. The film, a box office and critical success in France, was controversial upon release due to its debatable portrayal of the French police and suburban youth. Director Mathieu Kassovitz won the 1995 Best Director award at Cannes for the urban drama, and the film ranked #32 in Empire magazine’s 100 Best Films of World Cinema.

2011, Kinology, 136 min, France, Dir: Mathieu Kassovitz

New Caledonia, 1988: 30 policemen are taken hostage by Kanak separatists. Philippe Legorjus (Mathieu Kassovitz, who also directs), a negotiator sent by the French Army to solve the crisis on the island, finds himself conflicted between his morals and his responsibility as a soldier to obey orders in this action-packed historico-political drama.

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