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Hermia & Helena
Archived: Hermia & Helena (2016)

director: Matías Piñeiro

With: Agustina Muñoz, María Villar, Mati Diop, Keith Poulson, a.o.

duration: 87 minutes
Comedy, Drama

Official Selection - In Competition

Camila, a young Argentine theater director, travels from Buenos Aires to New York to attend an artistic residency to develop her new project: a Spanish translation of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream".

Upon arrival in New York, Camila quickly realizes that her work is not enough to compensate for the loss of the friends and boyfriend she left behind. A new road appears when she begins to receive a series of mysterious postcards from Danièle, a former participant in the residency. Secrets abound and lead Camila to abandon her studies, winding her way through a series of amorous detours, dead ends and new beginnings.

Hermia & Helena introduces Buenos Aires to New York, bouncing between hemispheres, translating Spanish to English, and clashing the written words of Shakespeare against the realities of modern life.

"'Hermia & Helena' is light, lovely, and tremendously touching, and further proof that Piñeiro is one of today's most exciting filmmakers." (Toronto International Film Festival) "'Hermia & Helena' dwells less on the parallels between a classical text and modern characters than it simply lets them speak for themselves with the occasional lyrical support. Shakespeare mainly provides the framing device for a more tightly controlled narrative about alienation and living in transition. The filmmaker seems to be growing into his own groove." (Indiewire) "Shooting outside his native Argentina for the first time, New York-based Matías Piñeiro fashions a bittersweet comedy of coupling and uncoupling that doubles as a love letter to his adopted city." (New York Film Festival)


director: Matías Piñeiro
producer: Melanie Schapiro
screenplay: Matías Piñeiro
Editor: Sebastián Schjaer
Cinematography: Fernando Lockett
sound: Mercedes Tennina

production company: Trapecio Cine

More info

dialogue: English, Spanish
subtitles: Dutch/Eng subt.
country: United States of America - Argentina
year: 2016


MATIAS PINEIRO (1982): A Proposito de Buenos Aires (2006, documentary), The Stolen Man (2007), They All Lie (2009), Rosalinda (2011, short), Viola (2012), The Princess of France (2014), Hermia & Helena (2016).

Technical Specs

format: DCP
frame: 1:1,78

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