Queen of Diamonds + Q&A with Nina Menkes
Still from Queen of Diamonds, part of Cinema Rediscovered

Queen of Diamonds + Q&A with Nina Menkes

classified 15

Restored & Rediscovered


Please note: This was screened in July 2022

Nina Menkes
Tinka Menkes, Emmellda J. Beech, Jeff Douglas
77 mins, 1991, USA
Primary language

Critically acclaimed for her radical feminist body of work, Nina Menkes’ Queen of Diamonds is the second title in a quartet of films that she produced, wrote, directed, and shot - all of which star her sister Tinka Menkes.

In a neon-soaked dream vision of Las Vegas, a disaffected blackjack dealer (Tinka Menkes) drifts through a series of encounters alternately mundane, surreal, and menacing, while death and violence hover ever-present in the margins.

Awash in lush, hallucinatory images, Queen of Diamonds is a haunting study of female alienation that “may become for America in the 90s what Jeanne Dielman was for Europe in the 70s:

Restored by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.

This event is presented and hosted by archive activists Invisible Women who seek out and champion the work of female filmmakers who have been overlooked, un-credited or left out of the history of cinema.