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April 10, 2017

Matías Piñeiro's Hermia and Helena

“The course of true love never did run smooth.” – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Matías Piñeiro’s new film is the latest entry in the cycle of spirited and playfully transformative Shakespearean adaptations that began with Rosalinda (2011), whose breathless forty minutes chase the backstage intrigues of a youthful As You Like It production. Hermia and Helena follows Piñeiro regular Agustina Muñoz as she navigates a series of unexpectedly symmetrical reunions and separations during an academic residency in New York, where she is completing a new translation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Piñeiro’s first film shot outside of Argentina and in the English language, Hermia and Helena is equally, but differently, invested in language and (mis)communication as the earlier works, with Muñoz’s search for a new direction in her life bringing a newly ruminative and melancholy dimension to Piñeiro’s Shakespearean project. An autobiographical register can be read both in Hermia and Helena’s exploration of Piñeiro’s adopted home town of New York and in the unnamed “Institute” that hosts Muñoz and recalls the director’s own year as a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. – Haden Guest

This screening and visit by Matías Piñeiro are co-presented by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies.    

$12 Special Event Tickets
Matías Piñeiro in Person

Monday April 10 at 7pm

Hermia and Helena

Directed by Matías Piñeiro. With Agustina Muñoz, María Villar, Mati Diop
US/Argentina 2016, DCP, color, 86 min. English and Spanish with English subtitles

DCP courtesy Graham Swon.

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