• 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.

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  • By David Hollingsworth
    May 24, 2017
    11:38 PM

    This is a great video! I love how honest he is. His picks were great as well. Great guy!
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  • By Brian H.
    June 10, 2017
    01:50 AM

    I think Criterion should have a monthly random drawing where one lucky member gets to do what these film makers get to do, go through the closet and pick out a bunch of films. The film lovers deserve it as much as the film makers.
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