Trailer for Matías Piñeiro’s Acclaimed Drama ‘Hermia & Helena’

Written by on May 17, 2017 

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A few years ago we explored the filmography of one of our most under-appreciated directors, Matías Piñeiro, and now he’s back for what looks to be his most substantial release yet. Hermia & Helena, which I named the number one film to see this month, follows a young Argentine theater director who arrives to New York to work on a new Shakespeare production. Ahead of a release next week, Kino Lorber has now released the first trailer.

We said in our review, “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.”

Camila (Agustina Muñoz, The Princess of France), a young Argentine theater director, travels from Buenos Aires to New York for an artist residency to work on a new Spanish translation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Upon her arrival, she quickly realizes that her work isn’t compensating for the loss of her friends and the lover she left behind. When she begins to receive a series of mysterious postcards from Danièle (Mati Diop, Claire Denis’s 35 Shots of Rum), a former participant in the same residency, Camila second-guesses her artistic endeavors and begins to seek answers about her past. Hermia & Helena mingles actors from Matías Piñeiro’s Buenos Aires repertory with stalwarts of New York’s independent film scene (Keith Poulson, Dustin Guy Defa, Dan Sallitt). It is a film of dead ends and new beginnings, navigating amorous detours across hemispheres and languages, in which the words of Shakespeare clash with the entanglements of modern, digital life.

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Hermia & Helena opens on May 26 at Film Society of Lincoln Center and Metrograph, and will expand in coming weeks.


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