LA HAINE
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.


REBELLION
L'ORDRE ET LA MORALE
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.


MOTHER KUSTERS GOES TO HEAVEN
MUTTER KÜSTERS' FAHRT ZUM HIMMEL
1975, Janus Films, 120 min, Germany, Dir: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Frau Kusters (Brigitte Mira) gets the terrible news that her husband Herrmann has gone berserk after layoff announcements at the local tire factory, killed his supervisor and then committed suicide. As reporters sensationalize the deaths, Frau Kusters finds no comfort from her self-involved children, and befriends German Communist Party members Karl and Marianne Thalman (PEEPING TOM’s Karlheinz Bohm and THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT’s Margit Carstensen), who crash Herrmann’s funeral and see his death as a revolutionary act. Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s brilliant send-up of Germany’s class structure, blood-sucking media and armchair activism features a superb cast and is shot impeccably by cinematographer Michael Ballhaus. In German with English subtitles.


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