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Actor: Laurent Labasse

POSTPONED: La Haine (2020 Restoration)

POSTPONED: La Haine (2020 Restoration)

Dearest Rio Friends & Movie-Lovers: As per the government’s latest directive on November 23, 2020, we will be suspending operations until December 8, 2020 (barring any further changes). Screenings will be re-scheduled, and ticket-holders will be contacted shortly. In the meantime, we thank-you for your endless generosity and boundless support. Don’t worry – we’ll be firing up the projector as soon as we can! In the meantime, keep calm, stay kind, wear a mask, wash your hands, and stay safe out there. – The Rio Theatre

 

Mathieu Kassovitz took the film world by storm with his 1996 feature LA HAINE, a gritty, unsettling, and visually explosive look at the racial and cultural volatility in modern-day France, specifically the low-income banlieue districts on Paris’s outskirts. Aimlessly passing their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz (Vincent Cassel), Hubert (Hubert Koundé), and Saïd (Saïd Taghmaoui)—a Jew, an African, and an Arab—give human faces to France’s immigrant populations, their bristling resentment at their marginalization slowly simmering until it reaches a climactic boiling point.

A work of tough beauty, LA HAINE is a landmark of contemporary French cinema, and a gripping reflection of its country’s ongoing identity crisis.

“LA HAINE is an unmissable response to an unending emergency.” (Guardian)

“Hard-hitting and breathtakingly effective, LA HAINE takes an uncompromising look at long-festering social and economic divisions affecting 1990s Paris.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

“… Makes no bones about being anti-police, but Kassovitz’s screenplay leaves plenty of room for nuance.” (Independent UK)

“A layered conundrum that builds to a stunning crescendo, Mathieu Kassovitz’s LA HAINE is an extremely intelligent take on an idiotic reality: the mutual mistrust, contempt and hatred between the police and France’s disenfranchised young citizens.” (Variety)

Thursday, November 26
Doors 6:10 pm | Movie 6:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets $15 HERE | $15 at the door

Saturday, November 28
Doors 5:10 pm | Movie 5:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets $15 HERE | $15 at the door

*Minors OK in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

PLEASE NOTE: All of the Rio Theatre’s screenings are operating at a sharply reduced capacity. We can’t guarantee availability of tickets at the door, so advance tickets for all screening events are strongly recommended. Our online box office can be found at www.riotheatretickets.ca. Online sales for every screening automatically end 1 hour before any given showtime.

LA HAINE “Hate” (Mathieu Kassovitz, 1996 / 98 mins / 18A / French with English subs) When a young Arab is arrested and beaten unconscious by police, a riot erupts in the notoriously violent suburbs outside of Paris. Three of the victim’s peers – a Jew, an African, and an Arab – wander aimlessly about their home turf in the aftermath of the violence as they try to come to grips with their outrage over the brutal incident. After one of the men finds a police officer’s discarded weapon, their night seems poised to take a bleak turn.