Capital Celluloid 2019 - Day 283: Thu Oct 10

Queen of Diamonds (Menkes, 1991): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 8.50pm

63rd LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (2nd-13th October 2019) DAY 9

Every day (from October 2nd to October 13th) I will be selecting the London Film Festival choices you have a chance to get tickets for and the movies you are unlikely to see in London very soon unless you go to see them at the Festival. Here is the LFF's main website for the general information you need. Don't worry if some of the recommended films are sold out by the time you read this as there are always some tickets on offer which go on sale 30 minutes before each screening. Here is all the information you need about the best way to get tickets.

The 4K restoration of this 1990s underground classic is also being screened on October 11th at BFI Southbank at 5.30pm. You can find the full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
One of the most jarringly original independent films of the 1990s, Nina Menkes’ lost underground classic reemerges in a gorgeous new restoration. In a neon-soaked dream vision of Las Vegas, a disaffected blackjack dealer (played by the director’s sister 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—a cult classic using a rigorous visual composition to penetrate the innermost recesses of the soul”

Berenice Reynaud

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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