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Los Angeles, CA
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June 1st - June 5th
On Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th Dissolution will screen as a double feature with PHANTOM LOVE. To purchase tickets for both films, please buy $15 dollar tickets to Saturday and Sunday's screening of Dissolution.


Israel 2010, 88 min., HDCAM

HITPARKUT (Dissolution) combines an almost surreal fairy-tale energy with brutal black and white realism to explore the condition of violence which permeates contemporary Israeli society. Shot in Yafo (the predominantly Arab area of Tel Aviv) in summer 2009, the movie follows the moral collapse and first glimmer of redemption, of a young, morose Israeli Jew, played brilliantly by non-actor DIDI FIRE.

Inspired by Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, Nina Menkes returns to Israel, the site of some of her earlier work, and continues her exploration of sumptuous, digital black-and-white as a metaphor for the dark corners of the human psyche. She also takes a giant step by focusing on a male character (nonprofessional actor Didi Fire) who is both the subject of his own tale and an object of desire for the camera, subverting the tropes of cinematic discourse. Shot in Yafo, the predominantly Arab area of Tel Aviv, the movie follows the moral collapse and first glimmer of redemption of a morose young Israeli Jew who murders a female pawnbroker. Menkes weaves realistic views with surreal images to suggest a dialectic of violence: one man's alienation and spiritual journey versus the war mentality that permeates contemporary Israeli society and the devaluation of the feminine within a context of intra-ethnic hostility. Hitparkut won the Anat Pirchi Award for Best Drama at the 2010 Jerusalem International Film Festival.


Downtown Independent
251 South Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
United States



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