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.
Cristian Mungiu’s Closet Picks
The director of Graduation and Beyond the Hills shares personal stories of growing up as a movie lover in Romania and picks up a few of his favorite films.
Tavi Gevinson’s Closet Picks
While browsing our collection, the editor, actor, and fashion maven shared some stories of movie love, including one about how Broadcast News played a part in her college applications.
Ethan Hawke and Jonathan Marc Sherman’s Closet Picks
Longtime friends and collaborators Ethan Hawke and Jonathan Marc Sherman stopped by the office to contribute to our new edition of Baal—and have some fun in the closet.
Lee Unkrich’s Closet Picks
During his visit to our closet, the Oscar-winning director of Toy Story 3 chatted with us about his nerve-wracking first encounter with Jane Campion and the lessons he learned about editing from All That Jazz.