Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #89. Matias Pineiro’s Hermia & Helena

Hermia & Helena

Hermia & Helena

Director: Matias Pineiro
Writer: Matias Pineiro

Argentinian filmmaker Matias Pineiro, known for his droll comedies in direct conversation with Shakespeare’s text, seems to be continuing onward in that trend. While his last work, 2014s The Princess of France, which toyed with Love’s Labours Lost, wasn’t as excitedly received as his 2012 film Viola, Pineiro still nails an intriguing modern context with titles and themes. His next, Hermia & Helena, named for two characters from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, apparently filmed in Montana and New York, will be his first English language feature, so we’re expecting confounding elements that further explore shifting ideas about the meaning of nationality. Pineiro confirmed in August he was editing the feature after several filming periods throughout October and December of 2014 and March of 2015.

Cast: Augustina Munoz

Production Co./Producer: Graham Swindoll

U.S. Distributor: Rights available. TBD (domestic/international)

Release Date: Princess of France (2014) and They All Lie (2009) competed at Locarno, while 2012’s Viola premiered at TIFF before stopping at Berlin. We’re expecting Hermia & Helena to follow one of those routes.

Nicholas Bell is a Los Angeles based film critic/journalist for, covering film festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, TIFF, AFI, as well as weekly film reviews. Nicholas is also a regular contributor to men's fashion periodical, MM Magazine. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (All About My Mother), Coen Bros. (No Country For Old Men), Dardenne Bros. (The Kid With a Bike), Haneke (The Piano Teacher), Hsiao-Hsien (Flight of the Red Balloon), Kar-wai (In The Mood For Love), Kiarostami (Close-Up), Lynch (Blue Velvet), Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), von Trier (Dogville), Zulawski (Possession), Carax (Mauvais Sang)

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