Cinema Guild is proud to present the U.S. Theatrical Premiere of VIOLA, the most recent film by celebrated young filmmaker Matías Piñeiro, one of contemporary Argentinian cinema’s most sensuous and sophisticated new voices. The film opens for an exclusive theatrical engagement on Friday, July 12 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center in New York City, alongside a retrospective Piñeiro’s films in the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Latinbeat film festival.
In VIOLA, Piñeiro ingeniously fashions out of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” a seductive roundelay among young actors and lovers in present-day Buenos Aires. Mixing melodrama with sentimental comedy, philosophical conundrum with matters of the heart, VIOLA bears all the signature traits of a Piñeiro film: serpentine camera movements and slippages of language, an elliptical narrative and a playful confusion of reality and artifice.
“Only 31, Matías Piñeiro has already established himself as one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary world cinema,” said Dennis Lim, FSLC Director of Programming, Cinematheque. “His playful, mysterious films, about the power of desire and of language draw freely on theater and literature while remaining fully cinematic, at times calling to mind the youthful works of the French New Wave masters Jacques Rivette and Eric Rohmer. We are delighted to be tracing the evolution of Piñeiro’s career to date by supplementing the theatrical release of Viola with a complete retrospective of his work.”
As part of its New York City theatrical run, VIOLA will be screened along with Piñeiro’s playful and mischievous short film ROSALINDA (2010, 43 min.), which follows a young actress playing Rosalind on Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”, who has traveled with her theater group to rehearse the play on an island.
VIOLA (Argentina, 2012, 63 minutes. In Spanish with English subtitles). Written and directed by Matías Piñeiro;Produced by Melanie Schapiro; Original Music: John Aylward and Julián Tello; Director of Photography: Fernando Lockett; Editor: Alejo Moguillansky. Cast: María Villar (Viola), Agustina Muñoz (Cecilia), Elisa Carricajo (Sabrina), Romina Paula (Ruth), Gabriela Saidon (Gabi). A Cinema Guild (www.cinemaguild.com) release.
About the Director: Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1982, Matías Piñeiro studied at the Universidad del Cine, where he went on to teach filmmaking and film history. In 2011 he received the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship from Harvard University for his new film project, Sarmiento, Translator. He currently lives in New York on a New York University scholarship in creative writing. His films include El hombre robado (2007), Todos mienten (2009), Rosalinda (2010), and Viola (2012). He is currently developing the third installment of his Shakespearean project, The Princess of France.