Nina Menkes has been described as a “Cinematic Sorceress of the Self” (Dennis Lim, New York TImes). Her films include Dissolution (2010), Phantom Love (2007), Massaker (2005) and Magdalena Viraga (1986), among others. Her work has screened in major international film festivals, including Sundance, Rotterdam, Locarno, Viennale, Berlinale, and Toronto, as well as at La Cinémathèque Française, the ICA in London, the Beijing Film Academy in China, The Whitney Museum of American Art, MOMA in NYC, and MOCA and LACMA in Los Angeles. Special honors include a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, an Annenberg Foundation Independent Media Grant, an American Film Institute Independent Filmmaker Award, three Western States Regional Media Arts Fellowships and two Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards. Menkes has had retrospectives of her work in Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, Berlin, Prague, Athens and New York City.
A radical re-imagining of the Greek myth, MINOTAUR is set in the contemporary Old City of Jerusalem, with a single man playing the complex figure of Theseus and his nemesis: the Minotaur. The Minotaur symbolizes the violent destruction that terrorizes the area; the heroic journey here is to confront and transform this negative vortex into an ascending, spiritual, non-denominational love, which is, in fact, the deepest inner meaning of the Holy City.