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 neighboring domestic violence, Firdaus’ world unfolds as a fragmented but hypnotic interplay between repetition and repressed anger. Shot with a beautiful compositional rigor 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. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival. "[Menkes’] provocative and visually arresting art films hover between experimental and narrative, fearlessly exploring the alienated feminine, the subconscious and violent patriarchal outer realities..." - Selina Robertson, Sight & Sound
Queen of Diamonds.
Arbelos Films, 1991.; [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2020.
Title from title frames.; Film; In Process Record.
Originally produced by Arbelos Films in 1991.
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Menkes, Nina, film director.; Menkes, Tinka, actor.
Arbelos Films (Firm), dst; Kanopy (Firm), dst