Nina Menkes, Israel 2010, 92’
Massacre Phantom Love

Crime and Punishment set in Tel Aviv and Jaffa. A young man decides to kill a pawnbroker to get more money. The watch and the ring, however, are not enough to pay the rent. Unlike in the Dostoyevsky novel however, the crime is not accompanied by any philosophy, although it is inscribed in the zone of an eternally inflamed conflict.

Monika Talarczyk


Jerusalem FF 2010 - Anat Pirchi Award (Best Drama)

Nina Menkes

Nina Menkes is an avant-garde American filmmaker who graduated with a degree in film from the University of California w Los Angeles. She has lectured at University of Southern California, California Institute of the Arts, Tel Aviv University and the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune. Her oeuvre includes eight films that she wrote, directed, and produced and, for many years, her sister Tinka Menkes, was her leading actress, muse and closest associate. Menkes’s films have screened at festivals in Berlin, Sundance, Rotterdam, Locarno as well as the Whitney Museum of American Art and the New York Museum of Modern Art.


1983 Wielki smutek Zohary / The Great Sadness of Zohara (short)

1986 Magdalena Viraga

1991 Królowa diamentów / Queen of Diamonds

1996 Krwawe dziecię / The Bloody Child

2000 The Crazy Bloody Female Center

2005 Masakra / Massaker / Massacre (co-dir.)

2007 Miłość fantomowa / Phantom Love

2012 Rozpad / Hitparkut / Dissolution

2022 Brainwashed: seks, kamera, władza / Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power (doc.)

Cast & Crew

director Nina Menkes
screenplay Nina Menkes
cinematography Itay Marom
editing Nina Menkes
cast Slava Bibergal, Didi Fire, Johanan Herson, Roni Yaniv
producer Michael Huffington, Nina Menkes, Kevin Ragsdale, Marek Rozenbaum, Itai Tamir
production Rabinovich Film Fund Cinema Project, Menkesfilm, Lanai Productions, Transfax Film Productions
sales Arbelos Films
language English, Hebrew
coloration b&w
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