Hermia & Helena
Dir. Matías Piñeiro. 2016, 87 mins. Digital projection. With Agustina Muñoz, María Villar, Mati Diop, Keith Poulson, Dan Sallitt. Shooting outside his native Argentina for the first time, New York–based Matias Piñeiro fashions a bittersweet comedy of coupling and uncoupling that doubles as a love letter to his adopted city. Working on a Spanish translation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream during an artist residency, Camila (Muñoz) finds herself within a constellation of shifting relationships. Intermixing actors from the director’s Buenos Aires repertory with recognizable faces from New York’s independent scene, Hermia & Helena is itself an exhilarating blend of both here and there, tying together dead ends and new beginnings, navigating amorous detours across hemispheres and languages, and as has become Piñeiro’s signature, interpolating the words of Shakespeare with the entanglements of modern life.