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Parallel Lives: The Cinema of Matías Piñeiro
Institute of Contemporary Arts
June 2023
25 November – 4 December 2022

Rosalinda, dir. Matías Piñeiro, Argentina / South Korea 2010, 43 min., Spanish with English subtitles

Since his debut feature in 2007, Argentine filmmaker Matías Piñeiro has created a collection of formally inventive and thematically rich films which mark him out as a singular voice in contemporary cinema.

Often building from a literary or theatrical text, whether it’s the writings of Domingo Sarmiento or the comedies of William Shakespeare, Piñeiro constructs beguilingly mysterious variations, eschewing traditional adaptation and, in the process, endlessly blurring the lines between reality, performance, and dream.

Parallel Lives presents all six of Matías Piñeiro’s feature films, including his internationally acclaimed cycle of films exploring the female characters in Shakespeare’s comedies and the UK premieres of both his latest feature Isabella and his debut feature El Hombre Robado.

We are delighted that Matías Piñeiro will be joining us at the ICA on the opening weekend for an in-depth exploration of his work.

Part of the ICA 75th Anniversary Season

This programme is curated by Daniel Turner in partnership with The National Film and Television School and the ICA. With special thanks to Matías Piñeiro and acknowledging the support of Trapecio Cine, Bando à Parte and Filmika Galaika.

Friday 25 November, 6:30pm
The UK premiere of Matías Piñeiro’s exquisite debut feature centred upon a young woman who becomes enveloped in an intricate web of intersecting romances and complicated friendships.

Saturday 26 November, 4:30pm
The Argentine filmmaker joins us for an interactive exploration of his filmmaking process, in this one-of-a-kind studio workshop.

Sunday 27 November, 4:30pm
Piñeiro leaves behind the metropolitan setting of his debut to craft two intriguing ensemble pieces that explore artifice, identity, and the nature of performance.

Thursday 1 December, 6:30pm
In the second and third parts of his Las Shakesperiadas project, Matías Piñeiro draws from a myriad of texts to craft two captivating tales of love and desire.

Saturday 3 December, 2:30pm
A young theatre director from Buenos Aires travels to New York to work on a new translation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but soon finds herself longing for her life back home. The film will be preceded by Viola.

Sunday 4 December, 4:30pm
In his sixth feature, Matías Piñeiro crafts a hypnotic tale of artistic awakening as two women compete for the role of Isabella in a local production of William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.