Directed by Nina Menkes • 2010 • Israel
Starring Slava Bibergal, Didi Fire, Yohanan Herson
Nina Menkes transposes Dostoyevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” to Tel Aviv for this hallucinatory exploration of guilt and redemption. Shot in Yafo, the predominantly Arab area of the city, DISSOLUTION centers on a young Jewish man (Didi Fire) whose shocking crime mirrors the violence that permeates the society that surrounds him. A profusion of disorienting images—enormous snails, scorpions, cooking meat—plunge the viewer into the tormented mind of its antihero and enhance the film’s nightmarish, otherworldly atmosphere.