Nina Menkes

Nina Menkes: Hitparkut (Dissolution)

“Potent and Luminous… Menkes is one of the most provocative artists in film today.” –Los Angeles Times

North American premiere
Jack H. Skirball Series

Israel/USA, 2010, 88 min., HDCAM

Inspired by Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Nina Menkes returns to Israel, the site of some of her earlier work, and continues her exploration of sumptuous, digital black-and-white as a metaphor for the dark corners of the human psyche. She also takes a giant step by focusing on a male character (nonprofessional actor Didi Fire) who is both the subject of his own tale and an object of desire for the camera, subverting the tropes of cinematic discourse. Shot in Yafo, the predominantly Arab area of Tel Aviv, the movie follows the moral collapse and first glimmer of redemption of a morose young Israeli Jew who murders a female pawnbroker. Menkes weaves realistic views with surreal images to suggest a dialectic of violence: one man’s alienation and spiritual journey versus the war mentality that permeates contemporary Israeli society and the devaluation of the feminine within a context of intra-ethnic hostility. Hitparkut won the Anat Pirchi Award for Best Drama at the 2010 Jerusalem International Film Festival.

In person: Nina Menkes

Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud.

Advanced Curators' Notes

Funded in part with generous support from Wendy Keys and Donald Pels.

Associated Images: 

MON 9/20
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff