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Matías Piñeiro Interview (Viola)


Matías Piñeiro is an Argentinian filmmaker who has directed three feature films and one 40-minute short, which was commissioned for the Jeonju Digital Project. His first two films, The Stolen Man (2007) and They All Lie (2009), introduce the games played with narrative, the engagement with the relationship between film and literature, and the interest in artistic communities that exist throughout his uniformly strong filmography, which is equal parts formally complex and lightly comedic exploration of human behaviour.

Matías brought his latest film, Viola, to the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Like Rosalinda (2011) before it, Viola is an adaptation of a Shakespeare play – As You Like It and Twelfth Night, respectively – and part of a planned look at the female roles of Shakespeare’s comedies. We were absolutely thrilled to invite Matías to our studio space, hosted by Onsite [at] OCAD U, to discuss every single one of his films at length.



This interview is from our extensive 2012 Toronto International Film Festival coverage and the full length interview was released in February 2013.

By Christopher Heron

Christopher Heron is one of the co-founders of The Seventh Art. He's conducted over 60 long-form interviews for the publication, and his written work includes numerous video essays, investigating formal traits in films and filmmakers. He received his MA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto, where his work explored cinematic representations of urban space with special attention paid to the films of Pedro Costa and Tsai Ming-liang.