V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

QUEEN OF DIAMONDS

V' 07

QUEEN OF DIAMONDS

Nina Menkes
USA, 1990
77min, OF

QUEEN OF DIAMONDS

Nina Menkes
USA, 1990
, 77min, OF

Actors: 
Tinka Menkes
Firdaus
Screenplay: 
Nina Menkes
Sound: 
Nina Menkes
Camera: 
Nina Menkes
Editor: 
Nina Menkes
Tinka Menkes
Composer: 
Nina Menkes
Costume: 
Nina Menkes

Production: 
menkesfilm 1350 Palms Blvd. Venice, CA 90291, USA T 310 396 4956 nina@ninamenkes.com
World Sales: 
Katapult Film Sales 8490 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 5 West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA T 310 358 0303 anna@katapultfilms.com
Format: 
35 mm
Color
Kopie aus der Sammlung des Academy Film Archive

Las Vegas is what you make of it. Hollywood makes it into a place of speedy, jacked-up risk. Nina Menkes is an American Filmmaker with no interest in that Vegas. Hers is a place of great expanses of dry earth, smudged blue sky, flat lakes, lonely people and incongruously garish or claustrophobic interiors. Queen of Diamonds is about moods, the Old Testament, death, marriage, hazard and how we watch images on a screen; it is only tangentially about a black jack dealer whose husband is missing.
Menkes, who once photographed Bedouin people in the Sinai, has an eye for compositional drama and a sense of pace that couldn't be more opposed to Hollywood time, which assumes viewer impatience. (...) Maintaining the integrity of a radical experimentalist with the resources of fine-grain 35mm film technology, Menkes may be on a course to making an unprecedented kind of cinema. Queen of Diamonds is a step in that course. (Robert Koehler, «Venice Magazine», 1991)

New copy from the collection of the Academy Film Archive

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