Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina 1982. Piñeiro studied at Universidad del cine, where he taught Filmmaking and Film History. In 2011, he moved to the U.S. to undertake the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship at Harvard University. He now teaches filmmaking at the Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, NY.
Piñeiro oscillates between New York and Buenos Aires, and is currently developing a new feature, Ariel, a CPH:LAB project with Gallicean co-director Lois Patiño based on William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Hermia & Helena (2016) is the fourth instalment in his series on the female roles in William Shakespeare’s comedies, and his first English language film.
Camila (Agustina Muñoz, The Princess of France), a young Argentine theater director, travels from Buenos Aires to New York for an artist residency to work on a new Spanish translation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Upon her arrival, she quickly realizes that her work isn’t compensating for the loss of her friends and the lover she left behind. When she begins to receive a series of mysterious postcards from Danièle (Mati Diop, Claire Denis’s 35 Shots of Rum), a former participant in the same residency, Camila second-guesses her artistic endeavors and begins to seek answers about her past. Hermia & Helena mingles actors from Matías Piñeiro’s Buenos Aires repertory with stalwarts of New York’s independent film scene (Keith Poulson, Dustin Guy Defa, Dan Sallitt). It is a film of dead ends and new beginnings, navigating amorous detours across hemispheres and languages, in which the words of Shakespeare clash with the entanglements of modern, digital life.