The BFI Southbank, which reopens on 1 September with new health and safety measures in place to protect staff and audiences, has announced their full reopening schedule which includes a season exploring the influence of ‘La Haine’ (1995).
The programme for September will resonate with the now, drawing on the themes that have dominated our lives during lockdown. These include REDEFINING REBELLION, a season programmed by film journalist and critic Kaleem Aftab, which draws its inspiration from Mathieu Kassovitz’s trailblazing ‘La Haine’. Re-released in a 4K restoration in selected cinemas by the BFI on 11 September, ‘La Haine’ maybe 25 years old, but its themes of social and economic divide and discontent, make it just as distinctive now as it was then.
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During September the BFI will continue to host BFI at Home events for free on BFI YouTube, with guests for the REDEFINING REBELLION season including ‘La Haine’ director Matthieu Kassovitz and Riz Ahmed, who cites the film as a favourite, and one that continues to influence him.
Also in September will be UNLOCKED: RECENT RELEASES NOW ON THE BIG SCREEN, a season of films which have flourished on streaming services while cinemas were closed, were delayed due to the pandemic or were released in cinemas just as they began to close, curtailing their cinematic run. Titles will include ‘Clemency’ (Chinonye Chukwu, 2019), ‘Parasite’: Black-and-white edition (Bong Joon-ho, 2019), ‘Lynn + Lucy’ (Fyzal Boulifa, 2019) and ‘Ema’ (Pablo Larrain, 2019).
There will also be a FOCUS ON FELLINI, reprising some of the most popular titles from BFI Southbank’s centenary celebration of Federico Fellini, which took place at BFI Southbank and venues UK-wide in early 2020.
For more information on what’s coming up at the BFI Southbank in September head to the site here.