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Jul 26, 2019
"Of all the female filmmakers to reemerge in recent years, Nina Menkes is perhaps the ripest for rediscovery. Her small but crucial body of films—five features, two shorts, and one co-directed documentary, produced intermittently over the course of three decades—remain startlingly fresh and near peerless in their intense focus on violence, power dynamics, and the inner workings of the female psyche.”—Film Comment
In 1991's Queen of Diamonds, filmmaker Nina Menkes casts her sister Tinka as a blackjack dealer in a beautifully visualized portrait of a less-than-glamorous life in Las Vegas. The feature's been newly restored by The Academy Film Archive and Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation and it screens at the Wex Friday, August 16. Here's the trailer.