Raak mij aan! Touch me!

Mathieu Kassovitz’s cinematic Molotov cocktail La Haine returns to Forum Groningen in a beautiful 4K restoration celebrating the 25th anniversary of its original release.

Based on real events, La Haine follows three friends (Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui) over the course of one day in the housing projects of suburban Paris. With tension in the air following a riot and the police on constant surveillance, it is not long before prejudice and hostility turns into violence, with tragic consequences.

An incredibly prescient piece of filmmaking, La Haine’s comments on politics and social issues resonate as much today as they did a quarter of a century ago. Its gorgeous cinematography and superlative soundtrack – featuring the likes of Bob Marley and KRS-One - combine with humour and surrealism to create a true classic that has been hugely influential on modern filmmaking, including the Oscar-nominated release Les Misérables.

Expat Cinema

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With lecture & Q&A | Friday 11 december

The impact of La Haine was and is still large: for the first time outsiders could see and feel what it was really like to live in a marginal area. The film is now 25 years old but continues to be relevant.

We invited dr. Luuk Slooter, Assistant Professor in Conflict Studies to introduce the film and talk about its relevance 25 years later. He conducted extensive research on the ‘banlieue crisis’ and lived in a Parisian suburb for seven months. He recently published his book ‘The Making of the Banlieue: An Ethnography of Space, Identity and Violence.’ After the film he will answer questions from the audience.

The lecture and Q&A will be in English.


Thursday 12 August
Release date, session times to be announced