‘QUEEN OF DIAMONDS - NINA MENKES’
Followed by a live video conversation with Nina Menkes.
Queen of Diamonds follows the alienated life of Firdaus (Tinka Menkes), a blackjack dealer in a Las Vegas landscape juxtaposed between glittering casino lights and the deteriorating desert oasis. Negotiating a missing husband and neighbouring domestic violence, Firdaus’ world unfolds as a fragmented but hypnotic interplay between repetition and repressed anger.
Shot with a beautiful compositional rigour echoing Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, Queen of Diamonds is a remarkable and demanding masterpiece of American independent filmmaking. Heralded as one of the most challenging and subversive filmmakers working today, the re-release of Queen of Diamonds marks the start of a new critical recognition for Menkes’ groundbreaking body of work.
New restoration by The Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation
Tuesday 6 October, 21:00 → 23:00
Rue Ravenstein 23 1000 BRUSSELS
(1991, US, DCP, 77', English spoken, no subtitles)
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