First released in 1995, La Haine dealt with the fallout of police brutality in Paris’ banlieues, depicting 20 aimless hours in the lives of Parisian teenagers Vinz, Saïd and Hubert in the aftermath of their friend's hospitalisation and a subsequent riot. Shot entirely in black and white, the film received a standing ovation at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival, where Mathieu Kassovitz also won the Best Director prize.
Aside from critical acclaim from the film establishment, La Haine exposed the tensions between the city's poorest inhabitants who lived in the banlieues and the police, symbolic of a political class ignorant to the systemic issues in those neighbourhoods. 25 years later, these grievances are still being aired. Les Misérables, a striking, multi-perspective film about a riot and ensuing police brutality in a tough banlieue was released last year. 'What’s sad is that my film needed to be made. Things have clearly not changed in France between La Haine 25 years ago and Les Misérables now,' said the director, Ladj Ly, in The Guardian.
If you're a La Haine devotee, you can now sport the merch. Carhartt WIP have collaborated with Mathieu Kassovitz on an exclusive capsule collection of beanies, hoodies and T-shirts celebrating the film. Remember the Carhartt beanie Hubert wore in La Haine? Carhartt and Kassovitz have recreated a similar one in homage. Three T-shirts feature behind-the-scenes photographs of the film by Gilles Favier, whose soft, black-and-white imagery helped inform the film's wider aesthetic. There's also an embroidered Active Jacket like the one worn on set by Kassovitz himself in 1995. Shot by Tom Kleinschmidt, the chiaroscuro lookbook depicts the pieces in a similar stylistic vein to the original film.
Carhartt WIP for La Haine 25th Anniversary will be available from December 3 at select Carhartt WIP stores and carhartt-wip.com.