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Matías Piñeiro Interview (Viola)

A still from Matías Piñeiro's film Viola, where three women in a low lit room look to the right of the frame.

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.

Our interview with Matías Piñeiro was a feature interview in the eleventh monthly issue of The Seventh Art as a “video magazine.” It was released in February 2013 and was shot as part of our Toronto International Film Festival coverage. Other TIFF 2012 interviews on video from that year include Thomas Vinterberg, Margarethe von Trotta, Ben Wheatley, Athina Rachel-Tsangari, Costa-Gavras, Miguel Gomes, Ernie Gehr, João Pedro Rodrigues & João Rui Guerra da Mata, Peter Mettler, Rodney Ascher & Tim Kirk, and William Vega.

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, while also writing and cutting several numerous video essays that investigate 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.