Filmmaker and School of Film/Video faculty member Nina Menkes's latest feature film and first Hebrew language film, Dissolution (Hitparkut, 88 minutes/B&W/HD) screens as part of the Structuring Strategies class and film series at CalArts' Bijou Theater tonight.
Later this month (Feb. 26), the film—which was awarded "Best Drama in Israeli Cinema" at the Jerusalem Int'l Film Festival at its July 2010 premiere—has its Boston premiere at the Emerson Arts Center, with additional screenings of Menkes's 2007 film Phantom Love on Feb. 25.
Inspired by Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, Dissolution follows the moral collapse of a morose young Israeli Jew whose possible redemption appears in the figure of a beautiful Arab girl. Menkes shot the film, which continues her exploration of the violence that permeates contemporary Israeli society, in a primarily Arab area of Tel Aviv.
Structuring Strategies: Dissolution by Nina Menkes
CalArts Bijou Theater
Tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 8 )
Dissolution (Boston premiere)
Bright Family Screening Room
559 Washington St., Brighton, Mass.