Hermia & Helena

  • 87'
  • Argentina
  • 2016

Camila, a young Argentinian theatre director, travels from Buenos Aires to New York to work as artist in residence on her Spanish translation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her friend Carmen has just completed a similar residency and Camila takes over her New York apartment – and gradually also her friends.
Whereas Matías Piñeiro’s previous three films based on Shakespeare quoted him at length and confusion of identity dominated, here the references to the original comedy are lighter and authentic, playful chaos is given plenty of space – because both Piñeiro and his characters are inspired and fascinated by Shakespeare’s grandiloquent language and can use a handhold in their new surroundings. The story jumps from New York to Buenos Aires and back again to the United States. What brought Camila here and what is she looking for? Even without being acquainted with Shakespeare’s (or Piñeiro’s) work, this contemporary adaptation is charming and enjoyable.

Director
Matías Piñeiro
Countries of production
Argentina, USA
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
87'
Medium
DCP
Languages
English, Spanish
Producers
Melanie Schapiro / Trapecio Cine, Graham Swon / Ravenser Odd
Production Companies
Trapecio Cine, Ravenser Odd
Sales
Trapecio Cine
Screenplay
Matías Piñeiro
Cinematography
Fernando Lockett
Editor
Sebastien Schjaer
Production Design
Ana Cambre
Sound Design
Mercedes Tennina
Cast
Agustina Muñoz, Maria Villar, Mati Diop, Julian Larquier, Keith Poulson, Pablo Sigal, Kyle Molzan
Website
http://www.trapeciocine.com.ar/largometraje/14-hermia-helena