Inspired by cinematic classics including Mean Streets, Do the Right Thing and The Battle of Algiers, Mathieu Kassovitz's LA HAINE is arguably the most incendiary, provocative and prescient fi lm to emerge from the `90s. Starkly shot in black and white to show a Paris not on any tourist map, the fi lm deals with France's intolerance towards outsiders, following Vinz (Vincent Cassel, Irreversible, Ocean's 12), Hubert (the magnifi cent Hubert Kound?and Sa?(Sa?Taghmaoui, Hideous Kinky, Three Kings), three young men trapped in the Parisian economic, ethnic and social underclass. Sensationally premiered at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival, LA HAINE saw Kassovitz rewarded with the Best Director prize and subsequently went on to win three C?rs (including Best Film). Marked by its unapologetic brutality and v?t?tyle, LA HAINE acted as a compelling wake up call to Europe.