A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order.
Perhaps recognized primarily as a French actor, you will have seen Mathieu Kassovitz in the likes of The City of Lost Children, A Self Made Hero, Munich, and of course Amélie. But Kassovitz’s bravura achievement came in 1995, then in his mid-twenties, when he wrote and directed the brutal, brilliant La Haine (Hate), a small time crime feast trawling through the impoverished, multi-cultural French streets. A kinetic, social drama in many respects, La Haine is not shy in throwing society’s previlent themes of race and violence at us. Kassovitz apparently started writing his screenplay on the day of a real-life shooting, adding some personal history to the mix – and the rawness shows in his directing. At the 1995 Cannes Film Festival the young filmmaker Kassovitz earned himself a standing ovation, as well as the Best Director prize. See the unforgettable movie if you haven’t already, so it can leave a lasting mark on you too.