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Daily | Locarno 2016 | Matías Piñeiro’s Hermia & Helena

9 August 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Well over a year ago, Vadim Rizov visited the set of Argentinian director Matías Piñeiro’s latest, Hermia & Helena, now premiering in competition in Locarno. He noted that Piñeiro’s first three features have all "started from a Shakespearean source text: As You Like It for Rosalinda, Twelfth Night for Viola, Love’s Labour’s Lost in The Princess of France." The key text this time around is A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Not only has Piñeiro set much of the film in New York for the first time, he's added a slew of newcomers to his cast of regulars: Agustina Muñoz, María Villar, Pablo Sigal, Kyle Molzan, Ryan Miyake, Oscar Williams, Mati Diop, Julian Larquier, Keith Poulson, Dan Sallitt, Laura Paredes, Dustin Guy Defa, Gabi Saidón and Romina Paula. We're collecting reviews and interviews. » - David Hudson »

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[Locarno Review] Hermia & Helena

8 August 2016 10:12 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

For beginning with a dedication to Setsuko Hara, recently departed muse of Ozu and Naruse, Hermia & Helena — the new film by Viola and The Princess of France director Matías Piñeiro — perhaps aligns us to be especially attuned to the Argentinian auteur’s use of female collaborators. One to already emphasize the charisma and big-screen friendly faces of frequent stars Agustina Munoz and Maria Villar, he still seems to have an ability to make them points of representation, not fetish.

Having, in real life, recently relocated to New York from his home Buenos Aires, Piñeiro can obviously be interpreted as having made some form of autobiography. His avatar in this case, Camilla (Munoz), is in New York on an artistic residency after her friend, Carmen (Villar), did the same, only to slightly disappointing results due to the loneliness and lack of personal change she saw in the city.

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Inviting Chance: An Interview with Matías Piñeiro

5 August 2016 10:10 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Matías Piñeiro on the set of Hermia & HelenaAfter presenting his complete retrospective at Olhar de Cinema in Brazil this past June, I spoke to the Argentine filmmaker about his new film Hermia & Helena a few days before its world premiere as part of the International Competition at the 69th Locarno Film Festival.In Hermia & Helena, Camila, a young Argentine theater director, travels to New York to work on a translation of  William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream. With her boyfriend and friends back in Buenos Aires, Camila rethinks old and new relationships. Shot between the two cities, the film is divided into chapters that focus on the different lives Camila experiences, as well as the different people she encounters during her journey.Notebook: Hermia & Helena shares a similar aesthetic with your previous films. At the same time, the overall tone feels much more melancholic now. You have been living »

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