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Phantom Love

Directed by Nina Menkes with Marina Shoif, Juliette Marquis



ArtsEmerson regrets to announce that Nina Menkes will not be appearing in person this weekend due to an injury.

2007, U.S Los Angeles based filmmaker Nina Menkes has remained something of an underground figure in the U.S. despite the high praise her work has received both from critics and fellow independent filmmakers including John Gianvito and Gus Van Sant. Since 1996, retrospectives of her films have shown in Los Angeles and most European capitals,Sight and Sound, has proclaimed her seven-film body of work “controversial, intense and visually stunning” and ,The Los Angeles Times, has called her “brilliant, one of the most provocative artists in film today.” The Paramount is excited to present two films with Menkes in person, beginning with Phantom Love, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews and has yet to screen in the Boston area.

"Nina Menkes adds another masterwork to her extraordinary oeuvre. Its story of a woman's trauma and healing is told with a virtuosic use of fundamental film techniques: black and white 35mm photography, exquisite framing, and resonant sound design. It is a triumph of visual intelligence and aesthetic integrity. " –David E. James, author: The Most Typical Avant-Garde

Embracing a radical formal approach that categorically rejects commercial cinema’s narrative forms, Phantom Love is a surreal psychodrama, a striking evocation of female dreamscape in which violence and trauma are steadily percolating. Menkes’ mesmerizing images register the inner transformation of an alienated woman—disconnected from her younger lover, a sister suffering a psychotic breakdown and an invasive mother—and her slow process of personal liberation. Co-presented with Women in Motion, Emerson College. Special thanks to Community Partner The Boston Jewish Film Festival, Inc.


Phantom Love

Phantom Love

Feb. 25 @ 7pm

Bright Family Screening Room



$10. $7.50 for Members. $5 for Students.



Running Time:

87 minutes


Black and White, 35mm



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