Sunday, July 21, 2013
Viola (2012) A Film by Matías Piñeiro
With the emergence of Lisandro Alonso, Lucrecia Martel, and Pablo Trapero, among many others, onto the international scene in the past decade, the Argentinean cinema has been thriving. Joining them is Matías Piñeiro, a young writer/director who now has three feature-length fiction films, a short, and feature documentary under his belt, not to mention considerable critical accolades across the world. His recent film, Viola, especially, was a hit with American critics this year after a strong showing at 2012's Toronto International Film Festival. It's a light and airy quasi-romantic comedy that recalls Eric Rohmer in its casually philosophical chattiness as well as Hou Hsiao-hsien and Jose Luis Guerin in its stylistic atmosphere. It's quite good, and I wrote about it for In Review Online here.