Filmed on location in Las Vegas, Queen of Diamonds revolves around the life of an alienated blackjack dealer. Starring Tinka Menkes as the intense, damaged dealer, the film examines the desolation of daytime Vegas.
Menkes’s films have shown widely in major international film festivals including Sundance, Rotterdam, Locarno, London, Viennale, San Francisco, Berlin, Cairo, Toronto,as well as at La Cinematheque Francaise, The British Film Institute, the ICA in London, the Beijing Film Academy in China, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, MOCA and LACMA in Los Angeles. Menkes’ many honors include a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, an Annenberg Foundation Independent Media Grant, an American Film Institute Independent Filmmaker Award, three Western States Regional Media Arts Fellowships and two Senior Fulbright Research Awards—one to the Middle East/North Africa, and one to India. In addition, her work has been listed on many periodicals “Top Ten Films of the Year” lists, including Film Comment and, repeatedly, The Los Angeles Times. Her feature length, experimental documentary… read more
I actually feel cheated that, on top of my $7/month MUBI fees, I had to pay an extra $3 dollars to watch what amounts to a terrible quality Kino or Facets release. Don't get me wrong, it's an excellent film (Nina Menkes is a favourite director of mine) - but this digital transfer looks like it was ripped straight from VHS. The audio quality is astonishingly bad.
exquisite desolation unsure of everything. inured to the monotony that informs the detritus of modern life. a conflagration emerges. a soul so incredibly parched. "like an dealer [s]he was watching for the card that is so high and wild [s]he'll never need to deal another" -leonard cohen.
Also: The origins of the Korean New Wave. And the Skandies countdown is complete.