V’17: OCTOBER 19 – NOVEMBER 2, 2017

Hermia & Helena

V' 16

Hermia & Helena

Matías Piñeiro
USA/Argentinien, 2016
Fiction, 87min, OmeU

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Hermia & Helena

Matías Piñeiro
USA/Argentinien, 2016
Fiction, 87min, OmeU

Actors: 
Agustina Muñoz
Camila
Maria Villar
Carmen
Mati Diop
Danièlle
Julian Larquier
Leo
Keith Poulson
Lukas
Dan Sallitt
Horace
Laura Paredes
Valeria
Dustin Guy Defa
Gregg
Screenplay: 
Matías Piñeiro
Sound: 
Mercedes Tennina
Sean Dunn
Camera: 
Fernando Lockett
Tommy Davis
Editor: 
Sebastien Schjaer
Costume: 
Ana Cambre

Production: 
Trapecio Cine
Ravenser Odd
Cinema Conservancy
World Sales: 
Ravenser Odd
Format: 
DCP
Color and Black/White

In Matías Piñeiro’s most surprising and breezy “Shakepearette” to date, he circles the Bard’s work via the issue of translation, an idea mapped out onto the project in its entirety: the comedy HERMIA & HELENA (the title comes from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”) is Piñeiro’s first film shot overseas, a large percentage in New York, and in a different language, English. It shifts back and forth between two frames – the unfolding present of New York, and the last day of the protagonist’s life Camila in Buenos Aires before she embarks on a residency abroad, literally taking the place of her friend Carmen at an unnamed American institution.
Camila’s adventures are both amorous and personal, Rohmerian and Rivettean, as she hops between boyfriends and eventually, in a masterfully staged, deeply emotional encounter, meets her absent father. Always delightful, HERMIA & HELENA sees Piñeiro making an auteur film that fits into his oeuvre while expanding it in exciting directions – en route, he makes New York his own. (Mark Peranson)

In the presence of Mati Diop.

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