Over the course of his last four films, Argentine writer-director Matías Piñeiro has developed a unique approach to bringing Shakespeare’s comedies into the contemporary world, using these classic tales as vehicles for exploring the complex interpersonal dilemmas of his predominantly female protagonists. Hermia & Helena, which opens in Manhattan this weekend at the Metrograph and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, takes its inspiration from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, centering on the friendships and romantic adventures of a young theater director from Buenos Aires, who is working on a new translation of the play while attending an artist residency in New York. Last fall, just before the film’s premiere at the New York Film Festival, Piñeiro stopped by our office for an interview and a trip inside our closet. Take a look at the array of Criterion editions he snatched up during his visit, which range from Jean Renoir’s Technicolor spectacular French Cancan to Roberto Rossellini’s devastating Journey to Italy.
Kim Cattrall’s Closet Picks
On a recent visit, the award-winning Sex and the City star chatted with us about falling in love with movies as a child and the Hollywood and art-house classics that have been her personal touchstones.
Jacqueline Novak and John Early’s Closet Picks
Shortly before the critically acclaimed success of their off-Broadway show Get on Your Knees, the two comedians stopped by for a few good laughs in our closet.